THE NETHERLANDS

” Tradition and innovation intertwine here: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit cafés coexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife. ” – Lonely Planet

On the Go in 2015: At Home and A Bit Away Too

“Marmotjes!”

My husband and I just visited their museum somewhere at the mountain top in Grossglochner.   I had already expected that I’d only see these creatures on screen or at their “most preserved” forms.

“Turn around. Look!” hubby was calling me out in a forcibly hush tone, so as not to scare them and run away.

We stopped walking, and I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“For real, I’m finally meeting my furry kinds at last!” I jokingly reacted.

marmotjes
Cute furry creatures in the Alps eh?

Marmots are large squirrels living in mountainous areas such as the Alps.  These fluffy animals typically live in burrows and often within rock piles, and hibernate there through the winter.  Most marmots are highly social and use loud whistles to communicate with one another.

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Our Labor Holiday in Holland

Spring has arrived, and so is May. Everyone in Belgium seems to be extra happy.

For sure it’s getting warmer again, but aside from that, it’s also in May that public holidays are most plenty. And it starts right away on the first day – it’s Labor Day! Lucky we are too, it was on a Friday.

While many countries like Belgium observe May 1 as an official non-working holiday, in the Netherlands it is not.  Perhaps due to the fact that days preceding it, the Dutch had already gone “orange mad” on their King’s Day. A day of such frenzy on that time of the year seems to be good enough already.

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10 Things I’m Loving Now – i amsterdam

In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal. Throughout the city there are as many canals and drawbridges as bracelets on a Gypsy’s bronzed arms.

– Felix Marti-Ibanez

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

Whenever I am off for vacation, days before the trip I’d normally google and read articles about my next destination. This time however, I didn’t do much. I was less excited. I only had few expectations. Perhaps I was influenced by what I heard (about the Dutch) and what the trip is primarily intended (for a conference).

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