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.

We again made our way to Holland for an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise and stayed in the beautiful town of Haarlem.

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
A Visit To Nijmegen, Netherlands
Top 10 Highlights of our Amsterdam to Budapest Cruise
Top 5 Things To Do in Haarlem, Netherlands
Dutch Cuisine: 17 Must Try Things To Eat in the Netherlands

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