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    • Day 11

      Netherlands day 6,7,8

      April 10 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      Over the last couple of days we’ve had a bit of time to rest so not as busy as usual.

      On day 6 we spent pretty much the whole day getting from Alphen aan de rijn to Ermelo where Marga and Kaase live. We got in at about 1pm after taking a few trains in the morning. We then went for a bike ride around town and called it a day.

      Yesterday, we started the morning at De Haar Castle, the interiors were so beautiful. In the gardens they have a little deer farm where we got some pics of the deer 😛. Then Marga and Kaase drove us to Utrecht, were we found a restaurant serving steak, which was a nice change from bread and cheese. In the afternoon Millie and I stopped into the tattoo parlour were we got a little tattoo to commemorate our trip that was personalised for us. Then dinner was gnocchi along the canals. Utrecht so far has probably been our favourite city to visit in the Netherlands.

      Today was another slow day, slept in and then went to the coffee shop at the train station. Where they surprisingly made good coffee which is sometimes difficult to find. This afternoon was ‘family day’ where we met a few more of Oma’s siblings and got to talk with Greet and Henk again :)
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    • Day 5

      Utrecht

      July 31, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Wir machen das beste aus den Wetterkapriolen: zentral in Utrecht für die kommenden Tage und dann Ausflüge nach Amsterdam, Gouda, Zwolle

      Der Platz: ein Bauernhof mit vielen Tieren und heimischen Produkten. In der direkten Umgebung: Äcker. Viele Äcker :)Read more

    • Day 4

      Bruges to Bunnik

      September 4, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      When we arrived in Bruges, it was at the end of a very long journey. We were tired and really looking forward to reaching our hotel. But we still had to get there from the train station. It was “only” a kilometre along a flat route so we thought no big deal, we’ll walk. We didn’t realize, however, that the tiny wheels on our suitcases don’t work well on rough cobblestones. Well, Bruges is all cobblestones!

      So, last night we scouted out a better route from the hotel to the train station. It was a bit longer, but allowed us to avoid the really rough cobblestone sections where we had to carry our suitcases. We got to the station nice and early and found a little coffee bar where we had our morning coffee followed by bread and buns for breakfast.

      The train trip to Bunnik went quite smoothly and included the amazing, high speed Thalys train on the section from Antwerp to Rotterdam. Once in Utrecht we found a small grocer in the train station where we picked up a yoghurt granola fruit bowl, smoothie and a pack of cheese for lunch.

      It was a twenty minute bus ride and then a ten minute walk from the train station to the StayOK hotel where will be staying for the next four nights. After a few minutes to rest and relax, we went for a short walk in the woods near the hotel and then into the little town of Bunnik to buy dinner items at the AH grocer. We found an excellent packaged falafel salad big enough for the two of us. I made the mistake of buying a Karne Melk to go with it. Took one sip and into the garbage it went! I thought it was a low fat milk, but it tasted like a sour milk.

      We will be doing more shopping for meals because the cost of eating out is ridiculous! Basically, what we pay for a meal in dollars at home, we pay in Euros here. Which means that it is costing us 50% more. So, for example, at our hotel, they have fish and chips in the restaurant for 17 euros. That translates to over $25! We’ll not forgo meals in restaurants entirely, but we’re quite happy to make them ourselves as well when the opportunity presents itself.
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    • Day 5

      Castles and Mansions Bike Tour

      September 5, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      After an all-you-can-eat breakfast at our Bunnik hotel, we rented bikes today. The hotel recommended The Castles and Mansions route. We thought it was a good one so I downloaded an app linked to the route, packed a lunch and away we went! It was supposed to be a 60 km circular route beginning and ending back at our hotel.

      We cycled the 80 km route with our heavy heavy cruiser bikes, boasting saddles wide enough for an elephants behind and a frame strong enough to support one, in about seven hours. We did not race the course, snapping photos along the way and making pit stops for beverages and to eat our lunch. With the extra 20 km of unplanned side trips it took us about 7 hrs. It was a very enjoyable ride!

      We got home in time to relax, shower and eat a packaged dinner we had picked up at the AH in Bunnik on our bike tour. We each had a beverage after dinner and played some cards at a table in the outdoor eating area of our hotel and then retired to our room feeling a bit sore after the days ride.
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    • Utrecht im Nebel

      December 8, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Mein Kumpel Dominik schreibt mir gerade hier gibt es wohl einen einzigartigen Techno Musik Bunker, muss wohl nochmal herkommen. Die Fahrt geht weiter die letzte Stunde im Bus und ich mache nebenbei Musik fühlt sich fast so an als würde ich auflegen (das denken wahrscheinlich auch ein paar hier im Bus) 😁Read more

    • Day 3

      Utrecht

      June 7, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Unsere Reise führt uns heute nach Utrecht, einer kleinen Studentenstadt die auch 'Das kleine Amsterdam' genannt wird. Hier ist es nicht ganz so hektisch wie in einer Großstadt, und es wirkt eher wie ein kleiner Vorort. Entlang der Oudegracht kann man wunderbar entlangschlendern, und an beiden Seiten des Ufers findet man eine Vielzahl an Bars und Restaurants die direkt am Wasser gelegen sind.
      In einem 'Cheese & More' machen wir halt und probieren uns einmal durchs ganze Sortiment, begleitet von einem Verkäufer der uns mit seiner entspannten und freundlichen Art all unsere Fragen beantwortet. Im Großen und Ganzen finde ich die Menschen hier sehr aufgeschlossen und hilfsbereit. Ein paar Schritte weiter entdecken wir eine Fahrradgarage. Hier kann man seinen fahrbaren Untersatz von wenigen Stunden bis hin zu mehreren Tagen für einen günstigen Preis parken. Zudem werden noch kostenlose Ladestationen für E-Bikes, Reparaturservices und eine kleine Auswahl an Zubehör angeboten. Ich bin begeistert, und es bietet schon mal einen kleinen Einblick in eine mögliche autofreie Zukunft. Selbst im Supermarkt ist das Bezahlen an Selbstbedienungskassen schon salonfähig geworden. So kann man sich bereits am Eingang einfach einen Scanner schnappen und während dem Einkauf bereits die Ware scannen, um dann am Ende mit der Übertragung der Daten den Bezahlvorgang zu beschleunigen. Nur seinen Bon darf man nicht vergessen, der öffnet einen die Tür nach draußen indem man ihn scannt.
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    • Day 3

      Bunk Hotel :)

      June 7, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Unser Hostel hier in Utrecht ist direkt am Fluss gelegen. In einer ehemaligen Kirche, die zu einer Unterkunft umfunktioniert wurde, befindet sich im Erdgeschoß ein Restaurant in dem man die außergewöhnliche Kulisse auf sich wirken lassen kann. Die Orgel und die Balustrade sind noch original erhalten, und einmal im Monat kann man bei kleinen Konzerten den Klängen der Orgel lauschen. Dank unserem netten Gastgeber durften wir sogar einen kleinen Einblick hinter die Kulissen bekommen und sie von innen besichtigen.Read more

    • Day 1

      Utrecht Central

      June 28, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Der wunderbar freundliche Zugbegleiter legte mir mit Begeisterung ans ❤️ doch einfach noch die Stadt zu besichtigen, bevor ich weiter fahre (alle 20 min ein Zug). (Er wohnt hier 😇).

      Was fällt sonst noch auf? Richtig! Keine "mondkappjes" mehr 😷...Read more

    • Day 103

      Munster, Germany —> Amsterdam

      June 28, 2023 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      After a 4am wake up, we got to the train station and caught our 5am train en route to Amsterdam. Of course, because we had woken up at 4am, all the trains were on time and there were no issues with the connections!

      We arrived in Amsterdam around 9am and walked to our hostel in the North of Amsterdam (which luckily is very easy to get to with a free ferry which goes every 5 minutes and only takes a couple of minutes!) There, we had a late breakfast and chilled out for a bit.

      We then walked back to the centre in the afternoon and went on a walking tour of Amsterdam, learning interesting facts along the way as we explored the streets and canals:
      - Amsterdam was named because there literally used to be a ‘dam of amstel’ in 1300, when the city was named.
      - The red light distinct is called the vollen by locals. It started because there were lots of sailors coming into Amsterdam and so there was a lot of prostitution which kept the sailors away from local ladies. The church which is right next to the red light district used to be busy with people repenting for their sins and then eventually the church sold "passes" to people before they visited the red light district to absolve them of their sins in advance.
      - The structures next to the canals are sinking (which is pretty evident by some of the lopsided buildings!) There is a 20 year maintenance plan in place so there is a bit of construction going on to allow them to fix up the foundations of these properties.
      - The buildings used to be taxed in width so there is lots of narrow buildings along the canals! There are winches on top of buildings to get large items into the buildings which are still used by people today.
      - Officially, coffee houses are able to sell 5 grams per person per day of weed. The government has implemented programs of slowly trying to limit the use by tourists. Many locals are taught about weed when they are young and are not so interested in using it.
      - We visited a spinning house for women where women were forced to work at one stage when they were found guilty of prostitution (at a time when it was illegal - it has bounced between being legal and illegal at various times in history).
      - In the Netherlands, there are more bikes (21 million) than people (17 million). You can definitely see this by looking at any street (and even more so when you tried to cross the street!)
      - We also visited an area of the city which used to be mostly occupied by a Jewish population prior to WWII. The architecture there is quite different and it is because the area was largely reconstructed after the war. Most of these people were removed from their home when Amsterdam was occupied but then in 1945, there was a particularly cold and difficult weather for the people remaining in Amsterdam so people stole furniture for burning fires and destroyed part of the buildings for materials for fires and to survive as they were all unoccupied.

      We finished the walking tour by trying some stroopwaffles which were very delicious!

      After the tour, we walked the red light district to do some ‘window shopping’ followed by doing some actual grocery shopping (and a quick visit to the LEGO shop) before heading back to the hostel for a much needed early night!
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    • Day 1

      Back on the road!

      July 23, 2022 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Der letzte Arbeitstag ist verstrichen also heißt es wieder Sachen packen und los.
      Nach langer Zeit geht es mal wieder nach Katwijk aan Zee.

      Nachdem wir das Auto voll getankte hatten und das erste Eis gegessen haben, ging es dann los Richtung Wasser 🌊🏄🏽‍♀️

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