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.

Netherlands Facts:

Capital City: Amsterdam

Country Population: 217 Million

Language: Dutch

Useful Words and Phrases: Hello - Halo  |  Thank You – Dank u wel

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Currency:  Euro (EUR) | Current Value

Netherlands Guides:

One Day in Amsterdam: A Self-Guided Walking Tour
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Top 10 Highlights of our Amsterdam to Budapest Cruise
Top 5 Things To Do in Haarlem, Netherlands

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