PREPARING FOR MY NEXT TRIP: THE NETHERLANDS

PREPARING FOR MY NEXT TRIP: THE NETHERLANDS

If you have been following me for a while now then you know that I am originally from the Netherlands and I have been living in Australia for 7 years now. Once a year I hop on a never-ending plane trip back home to spend some time with my friends and family.

Today is again that day where I am about to get on a flight home.

In todays post I will show you what my plans are for my 4-week visit to the Netherlands and what blog posts you can expect whilst I am away and from my trip.

BASIC INFORMATION

Language: Dutch, which itsn a problem for me, but Englisgh is also spoken pretty much everywhere
Capital city: Amsterdam
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1
Electricity: Type C two-prong plug. Electrical power in the Netherlands and in most of Western Europe runs on a cycle of 50hz, and a voltage of 230 Volt, alternating current.
Currency: Euro (€).
Tipping: Like in most of Europe, tipping isn’t generally expected. However, it’s polite to leave extra change or round up.
Weather: Keep an eye on the weather report, as Mother Nature can be finicky in the Netherlands. Even in summer, there is a possibility that you might need a jacket.

WORDS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Most Dutch people are bilingual and speak English very well (Some smaller towns in the countryside maybe not as good, but you should be able to have a basic conversation).  It is however considered very polite to know a few words in the local language, no matter where you are in the world. So here are a few simple words that you can be useful for you.

  • Hello/hi: Hallo/hoi
  • Thank you: Dank je wel
  • Bye: Dag/Doei
  • Sorry: Sorry (same, but good to know)
  • Good morning: Goede morgen
  • Cheers: Proost
  • Bon appétit: Eet smakelijk

ROTTERDAM 

My sister lived in Rotterdam for years but recently moved to a small village next to the city. When I have visited her and my two most adorable little nephews I will make sure to visit the city of Rotterdam. My sister and her husband will be able to tell me lots of cool places to go to, and I will write all of this down for you.

You can expect a insiders city guide to Rotterdam.

AMSTERDAM 

I have already written an Amsterdam city guide a while back, but now that I am going home I definitely want to go to A’dam for a day. I have been thinking about what type of post I could write since I have already done a city guide. After some research, I have come up with the following options please vote on which topic you would like to see best.

Which Amsterdam post would you prefer?

KINDERDIJK

One of Holland’s most famous attractions – known for its iconic 18th-century windmills. Its water-management network features 19 mills and 3 pumping stations, plus dikes and reservoirs that control flooding in the polder (low-lying land) and I haven’t been yet. I am adamant that that will change this holiday. I am so excited to see this world heritage site.

You can expect an extensive guide to Kinderdijk.

TWENTE 

This is where I am originally from. It is located in the east of the Netherlands, very close to the German border. It has some amazing nature, adorable little villages and Typical Dutch sceneries. I would love to show you where I am from so when I go out and about when I am at my parent’s place I will make sure to bring my camera.  I don’t think I can write an extensive guide, but I am adamant that I can take some cool pictures. So you can probably expect a photo diary style post on Twente.

POSSIBLE TRIPS AND POSTS 

PARIS 

I am working on a plan with one of my friends to go to Paris for a few days. I am not sure if we can make it happen because of schedules, but I am hoping that we can do it. I have been to the city of love several times, but I have never been able to blog about it and I would love to go back and found out all the cool places to go and see. So fingers crossed we can make it happen.

UTRECHT  

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Utrecht is one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities with a compact medieval center set out around canals unique to the Netherlands. It has a similar vibe than Amsterdam, but it is a whole lot less touristy.

The city nowadays is a busy hustle and bustle student town. It has a remarkably diverse range of museums, great shopping 7-days a week, a lot of very tasteful places to eat and cute hotels to stay in.

DEN HAAG – THE HAGUE 

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The Hague is home to a Gothic-style Binnenhof (or Inner Court) complex and is the seat of the Dutch parliament, and 16th-century Noordeinde Palace is the king’s workplace.

Some of the things that you can see in the city are the Mauritshuis museum, a 17th-century mansion that displays Golden Age art masterpieces including Vermeer’s very famous “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

Madurodam park contains miniature models of famous Dutch buildings, which offers a great way of seeing a lot of the Netherlands in a day.

PLANNING TO GO TO NETHERLANDS YOURSELF? THEN CHECK OUT SOME MORE TRAVEL TIPS HERE:

If you have any questions or if there is something that you have always wanted to see or do in The Nethelands then let me know in the comments below.
Since I will be on holidays it might take a while before I reply to you – worry its nothing personal hahaha xx 

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