Provincie Drenthe

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  • Day4


    September 7, 2017 in the Netherlands

    After a comfortable night in a top floor double bedroom and breakfast with Lily my host I walked to Assen station.

    Train to Hoogeveen, elevenses then off following knoppunt nodes to Meppel. Dry and mostly warm.

    On a pilgrim route for a short way. Much of the distance on block paved roads - tiring for the feet. Refreshments at an unmanned egg dispensing shop.

    Very warm welcome from Jan and Dineke - smart house.Read more

  • Day3

    Walking to Assen on acorns

    September 6, 2017 in the Netherlands

    1st night spent at a Vrienden op der Fiets bed and breakfast. Chatting with hosts is part of the charm. This house had a hippy feel.

    Terrible trouble with my right eye in the morning : vision blurred though not painful. Worked out by midday that I hadn't removed a contact lens the night before and I now had two lenses in one eye. Quickly rectified.

    Initially followed my nose - a direct but uninteresting route. Latterly followed the knoppunt network - much more scenic but longer.

    Oak trees for shelter much of the way, hence walking on acorns. No elevenses and lunch was at the Pitstop cafe in Tynaarlo.

    Thai evening meal in centre of Assen - very quiet after Groningen.
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  • Day1

    Beilen, Nederland

    July 2, 2016 in the Netherlands

    Over 1 week is het dan zo ver!😄 Mijn avontuur in sri lanka komt steeds dichter bij! De koffer licht al een paar dagen klaar. So exyted to go!

    Natuurlijk hoort bij een grote en bijzondere reis🌍 een goede voorbereiding. Paspoort en visum geregeld, ingeënt, vliegticket gebooked, geld ingezameld, een telefoon gesprek gehad met een oud vrijwilligster en HEEEL VEEL filmpjes bekeken😍. om te weten wat voor inpact je als vrijwilligster kan hebben op de bevolking, heb ik een cursus gevolgd bij "muses". Zij vertelde dat het belangrijk is dat je geen hechtte band met de kinderen maakt. Dit omdat je niet wilt dat ze hechtingsproblemen oplopen en omdat je de kinderen ook een keer gedag moet zeggen, dus ik heb een kalender gemaakt met als laatste dag " afscheidsfeest".✅

    Via facebook kreeg ik contact met een aantal meiden die het zelfde project op de zelfde data gaan doen als ik. Ik kreeg te horen dat er 87 vrijwilligers deze zomer het zelfde project "care" doen.

    Gister verschenen dan eindelijk mijn accomodatie details! Hier heb ik zo onzettend naar uit gekeken! Samen met de andere vrijwilligers waren we dan ook allemaal erg benieuwd en kwam de zin "I can't wait at all! " Onzettend vaak voor in onze gesprekken. Ik verblijf met 6 andere vrijwilligers waaronder een Nederlandse en Deense meid. Heerlijk dat ik soms even kan terug vallen in het Nederlands als ik niet uit mijn woorden kan komen! Samen met de Deense meid "Anne" ga ik vanaf Istanbul naar colombo reizen en terug. Echt fijn dat ik alvast echt kennis kan maken in het vliegtuig✈ met iemand voordat we iedereen in Sri Lanka zien.

    Mijn hostfamilie ziet er erg aardig uit! Natuurlijk heb ik hun even opgezocht op facebook 😊. Het gezin bestaat uit een getrouwd stel met een zoontje van 7. Zij hebben een bedrijfje, op de eerste verdieping is de eetzaal en daar woont mijn gastgezin. Onze kamers zijn op de 2de verdieping. We verblijven in een mooi dorpje matugawa. Veel minder armzalig dan ik had verwacht!

    Projects Abroad heeft alles erg goed geregeld! We hebben een heel overzicht van ons rooster. Sochtends gaan we naar een basischool en smiddags gaan we naar een tehuis voor gehandicapte jongens. Tijdens ons verblijf proberen we natuurlijk de kinderen wat bij te brengen op het gebied van : hygiëne, engels, rekenen, schrijven en sociaale vaardigheden. Natuurlijk gaan we ook allerlij activiteiten ondernemen waaronder heerlijk met de kinderen dansen en zingen!🎶 Zodra er een lach op hun gezicht verschijnt is mijn dag pas geslaagd! 😊

    But for now, we're counting the days together! 💖
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  • Day7

    New Years Eve in Coevorden

    December 31, 2016 in the Netherlands

    We arrive in Coevorden just in time to walk from my godparents’ house to my cousin’s house. My cousin’s wife is cranking out the fresh home made ollie bollen like a champion. They taste as delicious as I remember from last year.

    My cousin’s kids and their friends are lighting fire crackers in the street. They are young but the fire crackers are less insane than those we will fire off at midnight. The kids are loving it. It’s our second New Year with them in a row and the kids are now talking about “Paul and Andrew who come every year”. It’s adorable.

    We head back to my godparents’ home for dinner. My cousin, his wife and their kids come too. We sit in front of the open fire chatting. There’s a year to catch up on. The kids gently correct my Dutch when I use the incorrect words or grammar. I appreciate the help.

    The kids go to bed and we play a present game. It’s odd to have gifts on New Year but in Holland gifts aren’t usually exchanged at Christmas so it makes sense. The game is a laugh. We have dice and cards that dictate what we can do with the gifts we select. Everyone has bought three gifts valued at about three Euros each. We select and unwrap gifts according to the cards and dice. We also swap and steal gifts according to the same cards and dice. Three hours pass and we end up with a selection of gifts each. It’s all random fun and we’ve laughed our guts out.

    And then it’s time. The clock strikes 12 and it’s hugs all round. Outside the fire works have begun. Last year we stood in the street where there were lots of young people but this year we’re in my godparents’ backyard. The difference is that it’s less scary and more enjoyable. There’s little risk tonight of fire works hitting us if they go wrong. And we can duck inside when it gets too cold. It’s a blast (no pun intended). We stay out in the cold as long as we can keep our eyes open and then we climb the stairs to our bedrooms (yes plural). My godparents have bedrooms for their grandkids and tonight that’s where we will sleep – each in one small child’s bed (the children are not there off course).
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  • Day8


    January 1, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Around 1pm we head off to theGanzenduik (literally translated to Goose Dive). We walk there through the village. There’s lots of people at the pond where we will be taking our icy cold plunge. The air temperature is 1.5’C and the water temperature is about 3.7’C. None of my family are joining me in the traditional New Year’s Day swim but I’m not about to miss out on the fun. I did the same thing last year but the air temperature was 6’C then.

    My costume isn’t anywhere near as good but by coincidence the hat and bow tie I won in the present game last night match my swimming shorts, making it look like I planned my costume.
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  • Day8

    Coevorden Castle

    January 1, 2017 in the Netherlands

    My godparents have reserved a table at the Coevorden Castle for dinner. I am castle-crazy so to have dinner in a castle is pretty amazing. The food tastes great and the company (my godparents and Paul) is even better. After dinner the staff let us explore the castle unguided. It’s mostly set up with various banquet and dining areas. But it’s still very much a castle.

    And then we step outside to discover it has started to snow. The only thing I’m crazy about more than castles is snow. We rug up and walk home in the snow. It’s perfect. The village is gorgeous. And it’s quite romantic … especially watching Paul speak with animation to my family. What a way to start 2017!Read more

  • Day9

    Westerbork Transit Camp

    January 2, 2017 in the Netherlands

    We drive to the Westerbork Transit Camp Memorial. The camp was originally a refugee camp for Jews fleeing persecution in Nazi Germany. Unfortunately, the Nazis took the camp over and transformed the once safe-haven into part of their regime of reign of terror. Gypsies and Jews from all over The Netherlands were rounded up and sent to Westerbork for transportation to concentration and death camps further east. Approximately 120,000 people were transported through Westerbork by the Nazis. The most famous of these was Ann Frank who was among the 60,000 people transported from Westerbork to Auschwitz-Birkenau near Krakow in Poland.

    Unlike Auschwitz-Birkenau, the original camp no longer stands here. But there is a moving open air memorial and a museum. The memorial is a public space that can be accessed for free by walking along paths through the woods from a nearby carpark. However, you have to pay entry to the museum, which includes access to a shuttle bus to the memorial (cars cannot travel the road to the memorial itself). The 2km walk from the carpark through the woods is pretty and (being The Netherlands) flat.

    It’s a cold and bleak day. We leave the warmth of the museum and make our way to the memorial. The first thing that strikes me are the two railway carriages. Identical to those we saw in Auschwitz-Birkenau last year the sight of these carriages fills me with a sense of the horror that awaited those who transited through this camp. Not only does it make me think of what we saw in Auschwitz-Birkenau last year but now I also think about the long journey those who were sent there had to endure. Krakow is a long way from Westerbork. What makes this memorial even more moving is the roll call of the names of all the prisoners who were transported. You could probably stand here for a whole day and not hear them all.

    Stones have been laid here to honour each of the individuals who transited through this camp. Almost all were murdered by the Nazis. Some died on the long train journeys, others of malnutrition in concentration camps, some by being shot and many in the gas chambers. Photos between the stones show the faces of Jews and Gypsies. It highlights the inhumanity that was shown to ordinary children, women and men who’s only crime was to be born into the wrong religion and the wrong place and time. The same crime committed by the Syrians and other refugees in the world today who are fleeing torture and death in their home countries.

    Large coffins representing each of the camps to which Jews and Gypsies were sent line a pathway. Each names the respective camp and has inscribed the number of people who were sent there. The numbers are too large to comprehend. All are in the thousands. Some in the tens of thousands. It’s sobering and sad.
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  • Day125

    Netherlands, Drenthe

    July 23, 2014 in the Netherlands

    Sandy Heger
    "My actual hope is, that loving consiousness and kindness will grow and develop in the hearts of all people. So more wisdom and care may rein the world again. In this painting grows a strong and creative plant - ancored in healthy soil, out into a warm ...."

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincie Drenthe, Drenthe, Drente, Drinte, 드렌터 주, Дренте

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