I am dwelling with plenty of reminiscences and shots of my speedy excursion to The Netherlands. It was amazing! I felt completely comfortable and cozy there, and generally felt like I could uncover my way all over when I was on my possess.

I went to take a look at my friend Bonnie who lives in close proximity to Haarlem, which is in a great central area, not much from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s at first from Texas so it was neat having a different American who was interested in carrying out items in a distinct way. 

Of course I was also fascinated with men and women biking and the extraordinary infrastructure that is built to assistance the use of bicycles. 

Pretty much all people, it would seem, has a bicycle. 

I observed so numerous types of bicycles, such as some really interesting ones for delivering mail and food items, and types to hold tiny kids. I noticed loads of mothers and fathers and grandparents using about with more than a single child. They were all cycling industry experts!

You unquestionably need to have to glance at the ground to see which path goes exactly where. Luckily for us issues were being normally shade coded, which makes a large amount of sense. Cyclists normally have the suitable of way!

I uncovered myself hunting at the floor pretty normally. There was just so a great deal to see! Seem at this stonework. So quite a few unique forms in this kind of a compact spot.

This crossing in Haarlem is cool!

The flowers were being beautiful and extremely inexpensive. There have been lots of little outlets that experienced remarkable flower arrangements, like these types of hydrangeas and roses. What lovely hues.

I did not notice that so a lot of people converse English in The Netherlands. Most shop assistants could communicate a little English if I experienced a issue or two. I did not have any troubles, while after I purchased a slice of pizza at a minimal shop, and the teenager who helped me received a very little flustered with possessing to communicate English. He was resourceful, while. He swiftly pulled out his cell cellphone and utilized Google Translate to explain my buy details.

Some collaging, also!

1 of the most effective issues about my trip was having to satisfy up with a bunch of great people from the Collective. We fulfilled at a wonderful property, hosted by my mate Petra.

There have been close to 10 of us gathered at a huge desk, wherever we talked and laughed, and shared our initiatives and papers. These are some of Petra’s work. Awesome!

Soon after lunch we pulled out our hottest assignments and got busy, making and finding out from each other. 

It was these a great atmosphere and even while most of us experienced only met, we had been very relaxed with just about every other, it appeared to me.

Much more a variety of pics

I stayed in Velserbroek, not far from Haarlem. Everything is extremely inexperienced. Not stunning with the amount of money of rain that they get. It was raining just about the entire time I was there–and I cherished it! What a modify from dry California.

Metropolis center in Haarlem. There were so lots of neat shops to stop in and have a glance. I purchased a large amount of loose tea from a shop referred to as The Artwork of Tea. It’s so great to have tea in the morning at residence and be reminded of where by I was.

If I could have in shape a article box like this into my suitcase, I critically would have regarded it. What a beauty! (Petra, this a single is your neighbor’s!) 

One of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.

❤️💜💙

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