Dutch people are usually really nice and friendly.
In most cases they speak english very well so there are no problems with communication. And, even if they do not speak english, there is usually also no such a big problem....dutch is mixture of german and english, so you just can guess the meaning quite easily.
What I hated was the fact that they are also very, VERY noisy!
And one last note for girls: ...with all my girl-friends from countries all around the world there we agreed that dutch guys are, in general, not handsome :-) So don´t have any high expectations! Sorry boys....I´m sure that there are exceptions :-)
Euromast view, as far as the eye can see
Go on top of the Euromast. Only here you can get a proper impression about how large the harbour is. Looking Westwards you see the industrial area's Rotterdam-Europort, that stretch out to the sea (still 25 kilometres more from here). On the other site the view falls in between the skyscratchers and along the Maas-boulevards. The bridges are linking North and South, with as highlights the Van Briennenoord~ (in the distance), the Willems~ (red) and the Erasmus~ (the huge 'harp'). Visiting the statue of tsar Peter the Great with my Russian girl Irina. Although our both historical hero was never in Rotterdam, he knew like nobody else how important a harbour is to a great nation.
See famous Skyline
Rotterdam is the site of ambitious architecture.
Buildings like "the Montevideo Tower", and bridges like the "Erasmus bridge" are creating a beautiful skyline. Especially by night!
note: Rotterdam's skyline is standing in the best European Skylinetop (together with Frankfurt, Warsaw and Paris)
I like walking or cycling over the "Maasboulevard" for enjoying this pictures view.
Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:
Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844
Programme The VT meeting next Saturday will start at 11.00 hrs.
meeting place: Engels
getting there: leave Central Station through the main entrance. Turn and walk towards the buildings on your right. There it is!
We'll wait there until noon (12.00 o'clock) at the latest. We'll do quite a bit of walking and if possible do a guided tour by horsedrawn tram (€7.50 per person) and we can take a watertaxi. We might decide on a museum if the group feels like it.
We'll see new and old Rotterdam.
It would be nice to finish off with dinner, but it is optional.
So we hope that everyone can join in and we'll make the plan together as the day carries on.
We're expecting around 15-20 VT members and whoever tags along with them, age from around 16 to ahrmpf... ??
Please contact either Robin_Linda or myself for information
Photo: upsidedown tree on Westersingel