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    USEFUL LINKS

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 11, 2014

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    Favorite thing: USEFUL LINKS:

    Dutch Tourist Board or NBTC
    Surprising Holland
    Dutch start page
    Partying in the Netherlands
    Dutch Public Transportation Journey Planner

    Visum Information (Foreigners going to The Netherlands)
    Visum information from the Dutch Foreign Affairs Office (Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken)
    Dutch Immigration Service (IND)
    Visum Information (Dutchies going abroad)

    Dutch government services portal
    Multiple hyperlinks to Dutch (local) government & organisations
    Dutch statistics (CBS)
    European Parliament Dutch Bureau
    European Union Dutch version

    Actual Weather reports
    Dutch weather map (buienradar)

    Loo 2 Go

    Group activities in the Netherlands

    Dutch fishing villages, windmills and river ferries DVD Trailers

    All Dutch location names

    Fondest memory: Working in the Netherlands:

    Amsterdam Expat Center

    New to Holland

    I am Expat

    Dutch jobs for people who speaks English
    Resources for finding work in the Netherlands
    Working in the South of the Netherlands

    Dutch Winter 2010
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    From a coach window...

    by arturowan Written Dec 5, 2014

    Favorite thing: Netherlands is a good country to view from a coach seat - its flat roads offer intriguing scenery, especially of rivers & bridges...
    The closer you drive towards the German border, the more the scenery alters, with passes through the valleys - the clusters of houses with a church, on the hillsides, are very attractive...

    Fondest memory: My memories of the Netherlands have been in the hours after dawn, usually with a mist lingering over the rivers, giving the land a sense of mustery...
    I have never seen so many people cycling to work as they do in the Netherlands - each lane several abreast on rather old-fashioned appearing bicycles - it is quite a sight to see...

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    THE FLAG OF THE NETHERLANDS

    by davidjo Updated Jul 19, 2014

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    Favorite thing: As you can see the flag of the Netherlands comprises of 3 horizontal striped, red, white and blue. The red stripe was originally orange and the colours are based on the Heraldic Coat of Arms of Prince William of Orange who led the fight for independence against the Spanish in the 16th century, but independence was not achieved until 1648. The present day flag has been in use since 1937.

    NOTE
    When Peter the Great visited the Netherlands in the 17th century he was influenced by the colors of the flag and on return to Russia he assembled his own fleet and based his flag on the same colors, and later many Slavic countries followed his decision.

    influenced Peter the Great, Zsar of Russia
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    ways to get around Amsterdam

    by gwened Updated Mar 28, 2014

    Favorite thing: Amsterdam is a small city easy to get around walking,however, it has a huge choice of public transportation.
    bus
    tramways
    metro/subway
    trains
    ferry boats
    car parking
    bikes
    walks

    its a city to take them all in and enjoy it. I did.
    see the link for transports
    http://en.gvb.nl/pages/home.aspx

    Fondest memory: walking besides the canals especially at night.

    tourist office by Centraal trains leaving Centraal car parking de Kolk at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal A4 road Rotterdam to Amsterdam parking by centraal ,centre
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    museum and eat in Amsterdam

    by gwened Written Jan 6, 2013

    Favorite thing: in your time as it seems a must go to the Anne Frank museum than a canal cruise tour;
    http://www.amsterdamcanalcruises.nl/en/canalcruise_day.html

    you can then have some time for shopping. along the canals streets plenty to choose there. for lunch , so many so can tell you of one, not far and more real local food at good prices
    http://www.deblauwehollander.nl/engels/index.html

    if your nice means more chic, then this might suit you
    http://www.moeders.com/pagina.php?m=14&p=14
    Mother's restaurant =moeders
    very nice

    hope it helps

    Fondest memory: a very nice memorial historical museum visit ,nice. And great ambiance food at moeders and inexpensive local experience at deblauwe, just nice Amsterdam

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    calling home from Amsterdam

    by gwened Written Sep 25, 2012

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    Favorite thing: buy a sim card for local calls with your phone, and then buy a telephone card at any post office to use from any phone to call home !!!

    http://www.amsterdamby.com/tourist/tour13.htm

    hope it helps

    Fondest memory: walking by the canals area

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    Holland Pass

    by mickeyboy07 Written Jul 9, 2012

    Favorite thing: The Holland pass is a pack containing numerous discounts on museums,must see attractions and transport in Amsterdam and other major Dutch cities such as Rotterdam,Utrect and The Hague.This all in one city pass offers the best value and convenience when visiting the highlights of your choice.Includes free entrance to 'Van Gogh' museum,Rijksmuseum,Madame Tussauds,canal cruise,city tours,Heineken Experience,canal bus hop on hop off and many more.Depending on which version you choose,2,5 or 7 tickets,you will get a tulip,windmill or wooden shoe token.Every token represents a free entrance.Also included is the discount card which offers up to fifty per cent off 24 hr public transport in Amsterdam or bike rental in Utrecht,with other discounts off major museums and attractions.A guide book comes with this pack as well containing maps and useful information on the cities and how to use the tickets and pass.We saved about 100 Euros with this pack so would definately recommend it.
    Cost:40 Euros per pack per person.Available online or at stations and bus depots throughout the Netherlands.Pass lasts up to 12 months.

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    The Dutch Language

    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 10, 2012

    Favorite thing: To most foreigners,Dutch has a delightfully distinctive sound with its guttural r and kh sounds and its array of vowels.Most vowels have a long and short version,which simply means that you hold vowels for a greater or lesser length of time,e.g-'maan' means moon but 'man' means man.Here are a few useful phrases that you mind find helpful.

    Spreekt u Engels? Do you speak English?
    Ik spreek geen Nederlands I dont speak Dutch
    Hoo laat is huht? What time is it?
    Hooveel kost het? How much is it?
    Waar kan ik een kaartje? Where do i buy a ticket?
    Welk is het volgende station? What's the next station?
    Waar is de bank/markt? Where's the bank/market?

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    A trip to Volendam

    by csordila Updated Feb 29, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Volendam is by far the most recognised place in the Netherlands, second only to Amsterdam. Not only is it famous for its traditional costumes, but also for its delicious smoked eel, characteristic fisherman’s cottages and folklore. Behind the dike the Doolhof can be explored; a collection of tiny narrow alleys, with its street plan free of any kind of regular, discernable pattern. With its sightseeings it has enjoyed welcoming tourists, dating back to almost 1875. The harbour and the fish market form the lively centre.

    Fondest memory: In 2007, Volendam celebrated its 650 years of existence! It was a good opportunity to become acquainted with the present and the past of this unique fishing town.

    Volendam
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    Nizozemsko 2010 - Amsterdam

    by qquest111 Written Dec 29, 2011

    Favorite thing: Nizozemsko je jednou z opravdu "svobodných" zemí, kde se neřeší spoustu věcí. Lidé si tam žijí po svém, mají svůj životní styl, svoje zvyky a hlavně si značně uvědomují, že celá jejich "svobodná" kultura, kterou lákají cizince na návštěvu, značně přispívá jejich ekonomice.

    Je tu všechno poměrně drahé, ubytování pod 800,- Kč na noc na osobu je téměř nemožné. Amsterdam je proste kulturním centrem a tak si člověk musí za zdejší pobyt trošku připlatit. I když v porovnání s vyspělými evropskými zeměmi nejsou ceny nijak přemrštěné. Prostě na víkend fajn plán.

    Každý vyhledává na Amsterdamu něco. Jsou tu k vidění úžasně úzké domy, stejně jako třeba v Londýně, spoustu kanálů a mostů, jako třeba ve Stockholmu, několik muzeí a zajímavých architektonických staveb, jako to v hlavních městech bývá. Potulují se tu také turisti vyhledávající místní uličky nazývané red lamps, potom také turisti vyhledávající místní Coffee Shopy, kde je k ochutnání snad úplně všechno, co v Nizozemí není zakázáno. A že toho je hodně :-)

    Stejnětak jako v každém moderním hlavním městě Evropy tu jezdí City Sightseeing a to jak autobusy, tak lodě po zdejších kanálech. Je tu metro, tramvaje i autobusy, ale celé město se dá prakticky projít pěšky. Není to nijak daleko a centrum je relativně malé. Nejčastějším dopravním prostředkem je zde kolo. Všichni cyklisti tu mají naprostou přednost a zvyknout si na to, že se musím jako chodec neustále ohlížet při chůzi přes chodníky a silnice po kolech i když mám zelenou na svém semaforu pro chodce, to je zezačátku dost těžké.

    Amsterdam ale není jen město, ale i spoustu parků a míst k relaxaci, kam se určitě vyplatí zajít. U parků lze potom také spatřit nejbohatší čtvrtě, kde stojí na ulici auta, kterých u nás napočítáme na prstech jen několika rukou.

    V Amsterdamu jsou např. Van Gogh museum, Národní muzeum, muzeum hašiše :-), Rijksmuseum a nebo třeba Anna Frank Hause, náměstí Damm a nebo několik hlavních pěších zón v podstatě navazujících na hlavní nádraží, kde je nespočetně mnoho souvenirs obchůdků a Coffee Shopů :-)

    Pokud chce tedy turista zvládnout vše co tu je i s prohlídkou a vstupem do muzeí, jistě tu může strávit třeba celý týden. Pro rychloturisty bohatě vystačí jeden víkend, kdy už chodíte vlastně pořád po stejných ulicích, jen hledáte něco jiného. Ono to je možná taky tím, že ty ulice vypadají dost často stejně a uspokojení ze spatření mostu není až tak dobré, jelikož je jich tu přes 120 a vypadají všechny dost podobně :-)

    Musím říct, že ještě jedna věc mě tu mile překvapila. Jak jsem v Oslu docela nechápal význam dvou červených panáčků na jednom semaforu, tady jsem velmi ocenil odpočítávání sekund na semaforu při červené do další změny na zelenou...Dobré a smysluplné.

    Celkově tedy Amsterdam beru jako zajímavou zkušenost, zvláštěpak při komunikaci s místními má člověk pocit, že žije v jiném světě. Nebo alespoň ten děda z Hotel Tamara původem z Tanzánie, ten mi přišel mimo naprosto vždycky, když jsem ho viděl :-D

    Hodnocení: 7 z 10

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    AMSTERDAM - CITY OF CANALS

    by LoriPori Written Jun 23, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The largest city, AMSTERDAM is also the capital of the Netherlands. A small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century). During that era, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds,
    Amsterdam's main attractions include its canals, The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Museum, Anne Frank House, Vondelpark and its red-light district.
    Amsterdam is amazing. Love the canals, the boats on the canals, the unique architecture and the fact that it's centrum is completely walkable.

    Municipal Theater Rijksmuseum Canal in Amsterdam

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    Need for private nursing

    by ATLC Written Jul 24, 2010

    Favorite thing: This is an unusual question so I have googled for:
    "Particuliere verpleging Amsterdam" (private nursing).

    This is what it has come up with:

    Zeegers Particulier Verpleegkundige
    Elpermeer 96, 1025 AL Amsterdam
    Tel +31 (0)20 6361727‎

    C.C. van der Plas Particuliere Thuiszorg
    Carnapstraat 232, 1062 KT Amsterdam
    Tel. +31 (0)6 53744372‎ (=mobile phone)

    Zorg Ondersteuning Nederland B.V.
    Middenweg 183, 1098 AM Amsterdam
    Tel. 020 4689244‎

    B.V. Zorgwerk - www.zorgwerk.nl
    Elandsgracht 120, Amsterdam - 020 4227887

    It may be an option to go to a 'Zorghotel'.
    It's a hotel where people recuperate after surgery. It's like a hotel but with professional nursing staff.
    http://www.zorghotels.nu/noord-holland.html

    The nearest is: http://www.zorghoteljagtlust.nl
    This particular hotel is 35 car minutes from Schiphol.

    Hopefully this is a start for your search!

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    How to speak Dutch in 5 minutes

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 22, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Hallo - Hallo

    Hi/Bye - Hoi/Dag

    Good Morning - Goedemorgen
    Good Afternoon - Goedemiddag
    Good Evening - Goedenavond

    How are you - Hoe gaat het ermee?

    Tasteful - Lekker
    Cosy - Gezellig

    Have a nice meal - Eet smakelijk

    What's the time - Hoe laat is het?
    How much - Hoeveel
    Where - Waar

    1- Een
    2- Twee
    3 - Drie
    4 - Vier
    5- Vijf
    6 - Zes
    7- Zeven
    8 - Acht
    9 - Negen
    10 - Tien
    25 - Vijf en Twintig
    50 - Vijftig
    100 - Honderd

    I love you - Ik houd van je

    Goodbye - Tot ziens

    A movie to practise your Dutch

    Dutch
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    The good cause

    by pieter_jan_v Updated May 15, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Netherlands is known to be liberal and the Dutch are helpful to people all over the globe.

    Here are some Dutch Aid organisations:
    Oxfam Novib
    Greenpeace
    Cordaid
    WNF
    SOS kinderdorpen
    Lilianefonds
    OneMen
    Zeehondencreche Pieterburen

    OneMen
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    Your MAIL

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Since 2006 mail services are provided by TNT.

    The house colour tranformed from red into orange.

    If you send mail abroad enter it in the mailbox section with: "OVERIGE POSTCODES" (remaining ZIP codes).

    Dutch Postcode information

    TNT Post website and Post Office website

    The new orange mail boxes OVERIGE POSTCODES
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