It was a housesit that finally brought us to the Netherlands – a country we had both wanted to visit, but for one reason or another always got scratched from our itinerary. Our 2-month housesit was in the eastern part of the country, so we arrived early to spend a day in Amsterdam. The city is both historic and progressive with its classic canals, gabled houses, cannabis coffeeshops and neon-glowing Red Light District – and we saw as much of it as we could in a day.
The house (and dog!) we were housesitting was on the outskirts of the city of Nijmegen in a small village, Beek, which is practically on the border with Germany. As it was Christmastime, we were able to visit several Christmas markets in the region.