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The Keukenhof 2018

Guys, we did it. We finally found the time to visit the Keukenhof. It was amazing! If you recall our visit last year, you know we didn’t get to see much. This time around, I think we went a little too early! See the flowers here want the warmest weather to open up and it’s been pretty cold the past few weeks. Imagine our surprise to find that there were still hundreds of unopened blooms! That didn’t mean we missed…

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A walk in Erenstein Park

When you think of traditional noble families and the sprawling castles they called home, you can’t forget the massive plots of land they kept for entertainment. Most nobility had the coin to keep large gardens and Erenstein Castle (this page is in Dutch!) is no exception. Dating back to the 14th century, this castle is kept so well that it looks and feels relevant today. It probably doesn’t help that it doubles as a hotel but still. A part of Dutch…

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Dutch Comic Con

Comic Con is a widely known event where people of all walks of life gather together and nerd out. I’ve been to Comic Con back in San Diego but didn’t know what to expect from a Dutch Comic Con. “Heroes” was the theme of this year (from what I understand). This covers heroes of all shapes and sizes, of all genres and interests. I think it’s an amazing way to go about things. Usually when one thinks of a hero,…

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How to navigate Vondelpark

Vondelpark is huge. Wait that might be an understatement. Vondelpark is colossal! It’s also a real landmark of Amsterdam and one that should be on every to do list. It’s 120 acres of lush life right in the heart of the city. With so much to see and do, it can quickly become overwhelming. However I’d like to share some tips to help make it an enjoyable experience. How to get there Thankfully Vondelpark is accessible in a number of ways.…

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Upcoming events in The Netherlands

I’m always excited to get out and about, especially when we head out to Amsterdam. A big city, as always, is filled with the hustle and bustle of both native and tourists alike. Since the crowd can be overwhelming for us, we tend to space our visits out when choosing something busy. These are the events we’re planning on attending this year Several Music events at AFAS I’ve always wanted to attend live shows of my favorite artists but being a…

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A day in Zoetermeer

I can’t believe September is already here! What have we done so far? We celebrated Sander’s birthday on the 4th and this weekend we have another birthday party and a BBQ to attend to. Busy busy! It’s times like these that remind me of calmer weekends where we just strolled through town and enjoyed ourselves. We actually had a weekend like this last month when we went to Zoetermeer. The drive out there is fantastic. The countryside is so sprawling…

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Amsterdam’s Comic Con

My first convention was San Diego’s Comic Con back in 2002. I was a freshman in high school (I am really dating myself here) and an invitation by newly made friends opened up the gateway to conventions for me. That summer will always have a place in my heart. Comic Con had been huge. It was a true comic book fan experience with hardly any Anime influence. I was a super hero virgin, as in I was entirely unfamiliar with…

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Oosterhout’s Reptile House

Sander and I are suckers for touristy things. List includes famous eateries, museums, zoos, aquariums and reptile houses. We were in Oosterhout for a vacation last year and since the weekend had been pretty rainy, we decided to visit the Reptielenhuis de Aarde (Reptile House Earth). The layout was spacious and quite toasty compared to the autumn air outside. It had been raining when we arrived so it felt good to get out of the gloom. The reptiles all had large…

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A walk in Vondelpark

Vondelpark is a 120 acre garden that has been open since 1865 and welcomes almost 10 million visitors a year. It’s easy to see why. It’s filled with rolling green lawns and beautiful sculptures scattered throughout. Vondelpark feels like the sort of location where fantasy adventures would take place. There are trails that wander off the main path and into secret gardens. There are hundreds of ways to traverse through Vondelpark and I doubt that any two trips would be…

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