I am home with heaps of memories and photographs of my fast vacation to The Netherlands. It was amazing! I felt absolutely comfortable and snug there, and normally felt like I could uncover my way all over when I was on my personal.

I went to take a look at my close friend Bonnie who lives around Haarlem, which is in a good central site, not considerably from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s at first from Texas so it was neat having another American who was fascinated in performing points in a different way. 

Of system I was also fascinated with persons biking and the incredible infrastructure that is built to assist the use of bicycles. 

Practically anyone, it would seem, has a bicycle. 

I observed so many forms of bicycles, such as some extremely exciting ones for delivering mail and foodstuff, and kinds to maintain modest kids. I saw lots of moms and dads and grandparents riding close to with additional than just one baby. They had been all biking gurus!

You unquestionably will need to look at the ground to see which route goes where by. Fortunately issues were being frequently color coded, which tends to make a great deal of perception. Cyclists normally have the correct of way!

I discovered myself seeking at the floor rather typically. There was just so a lot to see! Seem at this stonework. So lots of unique forms in this kind of a small space.

This crossing in Haarlem is cool!

The flowers have been stunning and really inexpensive. There ended up lots of compact retailers that experienced awesome flower preparations, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What gorgeous colours.

I didn’t realize that so lots of individuals discuss English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could discuss a little English if I had a question or two. I didn’t have any troubles, nevertheless at the time I ordered a slice of pizza at a little shop, and the teenager who helped me acquired a tiny flustered with acquiring to converse English. He was resourceful, though. He quickly pulled out his mobile cell phone and used Google Translate to make clear my get particulars.

Some collaging, too!

1 of the finest factors about my trip was receiving to fulfill up with a bunch of superb people today from the Collective. We achieved at a attractive residence, hosted by my pal Petra.

There were around 10 of us collected at a big table, exactly where we talked and laughed, and shared our assignments and papers. These are some of Petra’s function. Astounding!

Immediately after lunch we pulled out our latest projects and received occupied, producing and understanding from just about every other. 

It was these kinds of a good atmosphere and even nevertheless most of us had only met, we were being pretty relaxed with just about every other, it appeared to me.

Extra different photos

I stayed in Velserbroek, not far from Haarlem. Every thing is very environmentally friendly. Not astonishing with the quantity of rain that they get. It was raining pretty much the overall time I was there–and I liked it! What a alter from dry California.

City heart in Haarlem. There had been so quite a few amazing outlets to halt in and have a glance. I purchased a great deal of loose tea from a shop referred to as The Artwork of Tea. It’s so awesome to have tea in the early morning at residence and be reminded of where I was.

If I could have suit a write-up box like this into my suitcase, I critically would have regarded as it. What a attractiveness! (Petra, this 1 is your neighbor’s!) 

A person of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.

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