Category Archive: Netherlands

Tip Toe Through the Tulips

May 10, 2013 10 Comments »

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  The home of tulips – the Netherlands When I lived in NYC and San Francisco I used to treat myself to a bouquet of flowers weekly to spruce up my apartment and my attitude.  Seriously – how can you be stressed or angry with a colorful bouquet of flowers in your home?  I made a decision […]

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Couchsurfing Regrets

October 12, 2010 62 Comments »

A comfy couch!

I live my life very deliberately – and I have very few regrets. In fact, my regrets are the usual…I wish I would have kept up my violin skills, I wish I would have learned how to ski at a young age, and I really regret I didn’t learn a language in college. But now […]

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Red Light District Amsterdam

August 24, 2010 23 Comments »

I really didn’t know what to expect from the infamous Red Light District in Amsterdam; but I was certainly intrigued and excited to check it out.  I like the sleeze, the grime, the passionate, and I really like things that challenge my way of thinking – so I had high hopes.  Yet those hopes were […]

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Netherlands Bike Culture

August 19, 2010 18 Comments »

As soon as I stepped out of Amsterdam Centraal station from the airport, I saw what makes Amsterdam different from other cities I’ve visited…no, not the canals (Venice has canals!); it was the bikes. Seeing everyone flitting around on two wheels immediately struck me as a unique piece of culture. I’m not sure why, but […]

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The Flower Clock

August 17, 2010 8 Comments »

Tick Tock, Tick Tock… The alarm went off at 5:15AM and I wondered why I was doing this to myself. It’s just flowers, I could sleep a little while longer – right? Yet my desire to see flowers ended up winning out over my desire to sleep; after all, this was the only time I’d […]

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Photo of the Week – Amsterdam

August 6, 2010 5 Comments »

To celebrate the announcement this week that Amsterdam’s Canal District was added to the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list – I bring you Amsterdam. The homes along the ring canals of Amsterdam are infamous.  The 17th century residences of wealthy merchants, financiers, craftsmen, doctors, lawyers, politicians and artists are characterized by big narrow windows, and […]

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