Tourists & Visiting Holland

The Trouble With Tourists

It is a widely excepted fact that tourists are strange. It is also a widely accepted fact that they do strange things. At the start of spring confused looking tourists clutching maps suddenly appear on every street corner of Amsterdam like members of a badly organised invasion. If they are not busy interrogating the locals for hotel directions tourists keep themselves occupied by trying to put money through the card slot of the ticket machines […]

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The Non-Lost Tourists

If you spend a lot of time walking around Amsterdam it is inevitable that at some point a tourist or a group of tourists will ask you for directions. They seem to have a habit of getting lost in cities that they are unfamiliar with and requesting directions. It’s one of their defining characteristics in fact. Some people might find it strange but I actually enjoy giving directions to tourists. It gives me a warm […]

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Parent’s Summer Visit 2010

Every summer my parents come over to Holland to visit. This is always great fun because I get to show them around the areas of Holland that I have discovered as well as be a tourist myself and discover a few new areas. This also tends to lead to a few funny stories. During an active week of theme parks, zoos, boat rides and more I have: Proved myself as a man by winning a […]

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So You Want To Move To Holland

A few people have asked me about the process of moving to Holland and what they might need to do with in the first few days of arriving. For this reason I am going to take a break from my usual style of writing and attempt explaining a few things which might be useful. Most of the information I am going to give will be from personal experience so I would still suggest checking other […]

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Parents Visit: Day 4 & 5 – Old Holland and the Herons

As I stepped off the train at Amsterdam on the fourth day (of my parents visit) my phone started to ring. My mum was calling. Since they had booked their hotel before I knew I would be moving we were staying in different towns and had to meet up in Amsterdam each morning. “Are you at Amsterdam yet?” She asked when I answered the phone. “Yeah, I just got here.” It was the first time […]

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