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Outside Amsterdam: Windmills and Tulips

We also took a few mini-trips to areas just outside Amsterdam. On Thursday morning, we hopped on the shuttle at Schipol airport to Keukenhof gardens in Lisse. 296 more words


Wandering Around in Amsterdam

We arrived in Amsterdam on Wednesday night, and had about two and a half days to explore the city. We were staying on the edge of the Red Light district, which was an interesting place to check out (Needless to say, it’s unlike any neighborhood in the US). 600 more words


King's what?

King’s what?

When walking through the streets of Amsterdam, or even throughout The Netherlands during April, you simply can’t avoid the numerous flyers promoting ‘King’s Day’. 303 more words


5 thoughtful ways to spoil your mum this Mother's Day

Some countries, such as the UK, have already celebrated Mother’s Day – however, in the Netherlands, Mother’s Day falls on 11th May this year, which means that Dutch mums at home and abroad, as well as expat mothers in Holland, can still look forward to a delightful day of pampering. 434 more words

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Onward to Germany!

Today I overloaded my nervous system by renting a car, driving out of Amsterdam and into Germany. At first I worried about driving in Amsterdam, getting lost in Germany and then about finding a place to park once I returned. 936 more words

Independent mobility

One of the most striking things about cycling in the Netherlands is the difference in the demographics you encounter. On my usual cycling trips in Britain, the people cycling around me are typically aged between 20 and 50, and mostly male. 399 more words


Building on the passive tense (Or: B2 Dutch course #25)

This post is a continuation of the post last week, Actively Passive, which covered the basics of the passive form. There is only one other thing to cover – using the modal verbs with the passive form. 240 more words