Category: Netherlands

Tips on Tipping: Europe

The topic of tipping is enough to stir up minor anxiety when traveling to a new place.  While it’s commonplace for those of us from the States, the rules change by country, situation and region – confused yet? Don’t be. To avoid an awkward faux pas abroad, give these tips on tipping a look. Basic moolah tips …

Read more

What to do in Amsterdam

I thought I’d pass along this nice little mini-guide to Amsterdam that was just posted on one of my go-to travel sites (it’s the BBC Travel section, with content provided by Lonely Planet). Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities, and there are some good recommendations in the article. Most notably, I wholeheartedly agree with …

Read more

A new bug-eating trend in the Netherlands?

This may surprise you. It surprised me. It may also make you gag. (It didn't quite make me gag.) I just read about a new cookbook that came out Tuesday in the Netherlands. Some Dutch people hope the book's release will mark the start of a new culinary trend in the country: eating insects. (Here’s …

Read more

Europe will be buzzing with Euro 2012

Going to Europe this June? If so, get ready to be caught up in Euro 2012 fever. The UEFA European Championship (Euro, for short) happens every four years, and it’s the biggest soccer event in Europe after the World Cup. Obviously soccer is huge in Europe, and the Euro championship pits 16 national teams against …

Read more

Savoring the savory: Dutch pancakes

Those of you who've read this blog for a while know that when I get hungry I often end up writing about food. I'm happy to do so, because I think one of the highlights of traveling is eating the local cuisine. Anyway, today is no exception. Today I’ve got my mind on Dutch pancakes. …

Read more

A giant mountain in the middle of Holland?

Here is some interesting and weird news from the Netherlands. They are talking about building an artificial $432-billion-dollar mountain in the middle of their otherwise flat country. If you’re heading to the Netherlands on an EF College Break trip anytime soon, I’m sorry but this artificial mountain will not be ready for you. If the …

Read more

A bit of Van Gogh news

Art experts have changed their minds about a famous Van Gogh self-portrait on display at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They’ve decided it’s actually not a self-portrait; it’s a portrait of Vincent’s brother Theo. According to this article, a head researcher at the museum discovered this by looking more closely at the roundness of …

Read more

Queen’s Day: Holland’s giant party

This coming Saturday is the biggest national holiday and the biggest party in Holland: It’s Queen’s Day. Queen’s Day comes every April 30. It was first celebrated in 1885 to honor the birthday of the Princess Wilhelmina. So now the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their Queen every April 30 (who cares that the current …

Read more

Bikes in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, there are bikes everywhere. There are bike lanes, bike traffic lights, bike shops. There are two-wheeled bikes, three-wheeled bikes, and even at least one sideways bike. When you’re crossing the street in Amsterdam, you have to look both ways not just for cars; I’ve almost been hit by many a cyclist. Luckily they …

Read more