Miscellaneous: The photograph on the right is an excellent souvenir photograph on the canal cruise in Amsterdam for you to take home to your country. You can purchase the photograph for just several euros per copy. Your photographs will be taken before boarding your canal boat by the cruise operator.
In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system The Netherlands uses : 230 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin attachment plug (see picture)
An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a typical travel adapter kit usually contains about five adapters which are capable of dealing with most of the outlets shown here. Adapters often manage this versatility by bypassing the ground/earth wire.
Beware : an adapter by itself will not change the electrical voltage. You must be sure that your appliance can handle different voltages (either automatically or through a voltage switch). If it can't, you will need a voltage converter.
Luggage and bags:
Pack ligth, we do most of our travel by public transport.
Traffic is dense in the West side of the country, so think twice before having a rental car (Lack of parking space is the next thing).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A weather jacket and walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you bring "funny" looking pills, better bring your family doctor's presciption with you.
Photo Equipment: Do not come without a camera!
Miscellaneous: 1) At least bring your passport; some of you need a Visa too.
2) Transportation: Public transportation is great. Trains, buses, trams, metro, ferries
3) Money and/or credit card. You need some money on hand; ATMs are everywhere.
4) Phonenumbers: Calling home from here: 00-country code-etc.
5) Electrical adapter: 230 Volts at 50Hz with European plug outline.
It's not really a packing tip, but if you're staying in NL longer, you might need a bank account. This is what I wrote in reply to a forum question.
Weighing Postbank against Rabobank, is that Postbank seems easier to open an account but for personal advice I would prefer Rabobank. More so since being a foreigner your situation might be a bit more special. Both banks have plenty of offices around so there will always be one close to you.
Both have excellent internet-banking facilities and you can use all ATM's of all banks with any bank card that has the PIN facility.
ABN-AMRO is currently involved in a takeover by a foreign bank. I would choose one of the below.
Check government website for visitors to The Netherlands (English) for all info concerning staying in The Netherlands (proof of stay).
There's a special students account (studentenrekening).
You can open a normal or students account with your ID and proof of income. Being a foreigner, you do not need a socalled Burgerservicenummer (that's an individual number for all citizens, used for taxes and social security).
Other conditions are that you have to be between 16-30 yrs old and full time student.
To open a normal or students account you need a valid passport and proof of stay in The Netherlands. You need to go to a local Rabobank with your papers (ID, proof of stay/visa and proof of income ie your student loan papers). The local bank will determine the correctness of all this to open a normal account or, if applicable, a students account.
Luggage and bags:
On the Schiphol airport website you can find the New Rules for Hand Luggage
If you want, you can download the brochure.
Pack a pair of walking shoes, the Netherlands are a good place for hikes and walks.
Because the Netherlands are so flat, it´s easy to walk for everybody!
See my page about the Netherlands for more information about hiking...
Some aspects which would help you make a choice for a Dutch language course.
- determine how much Dutch you want to learn in a given period of time. Ask if they can deliver
- speak to (ex) students to see how satisfied they are
- which method do they use (any Dutch course is called 'NT2', meaning Nederlandse Tweede Taal or Dutch 2nd language)
- official recognition (do they teach for the state exam?)
The best recognised method at the moment is Code. This is the method that I have used to teach, and it leads straight to the State Exam. The method is developed by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
CODE 1, 2 and 3
Authors: Titia Boers, Nicky Heijne, Marten Hidma, Hinke van Kampen, Vita Olijhoek, Carola van der Voort
Project manager: Carola van der Voort (part 1) and Marijke Huizinga (part 2 / 3)
Course material: Textbook with CD-ROM, exercise book (teacher’s manual with CD-ROM, audio CDs, video)
CODE can be seen as the successor of Code Nederlands. CODE is a complete NT2 learning method in three parts, and forms a preparation for the State Examination of Dutch as a Second Language, programme II. CODE is task-oriented. It consists of an exercise book with corresponding CD-ROM, which students can largely study independently (at home). In class, students can then focus on activities which require the presence of a teacher and fellow students, such as the training of oral skills. CODE pays considerable attention to the exchange of cultural experiences and offers much information about Dutch society. It has been named best learning method by the Dutch marketing research institution TNS NIPO, in a satisfaction survey about NT2 course material.[unquote]
For an idea of prices:
www.thiememeulenhoff.nl/VirtueelAdviseur/pages/themas/methode.aspx?sector=17&id=88&markt=71 or click here
(you don't need the network licenses and it's either DVD's OR cassettes, not both). Code consists of 3 parts. Part 1 and 2 each take 180 hrs. Part 3 takes between 350-450 hours. The number of hours is 50% selfstudy/50% lessons.
There is also a famous fast method called Delftse Methode.
See here: www.delftsemethode.nl/uk/home/index.shtml or click here
Courses: www.delftsemethode.nl/uk/cursisten/cursussen.shtml or click here
Another possibility is this one at the Volksuniversiteit. Click here
I have no experience with it, so I can't really recommend. The price is quite low though.
Find an ATM that accepts Mastercard here:
or click here.
(just put in the name of the town, if you don't know anything else).
Luggage and bags:
Anything will do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Prepare for rain. Summer can be anything from 10-30 degrees Celsius.
Winter can be anything from -10 to 15 degrees Celsius.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything can be bought anywhere.
Photo Equipment: Everything can be bought anywhere.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Everything can be bought anywhere.
Luggage and bags:
Enough to bring the souvenirs back home: one pair of wooden shoes, ten kilo's of tulip bulbs and a windmill. Also take care of some hidden compartment for some ... uh, ... let's say ... "stuff".
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Slippers as well as high boots. You never know when these dikes break. Never forget your umbrella, though a raincoat is even better.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Extra towel for drying your hair after rain. Extra soap for when you fell into the A'dam canals (if anything gets you clean after that).
Photo Equipment: Sensitive films for cloudy days, others for sunny days (you might actually hit one out of three this year).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A water tight tent. On beaches a swimmmingtrousers and/or bikini (but keep the "Zuidwester" - a traditional shippers raincoat - within reach).
Miscellaneous: Seriously, in The Netherlands the weather is quite unpredictable. Most summers are fine, but ... there's (almost) always wind (not for nothing we have so many windmills)! Winters are mostly wet and windy, but ... sometimes we can endlessly scate on the canals.
Miscellaneous: The Netherlands is a fairly rich country, with highly developed logistics. That means you can buy just about anything here, and items are rarely sold out. Only bring the obvious necessities. Depending on your time of arrival you can even buy things like toothpaste, soap etc. on your first day. Bring one film for your camera, buy more later. An umbrella? Buy one when it rains, don't bring one 'just in case'. Need cheap clothes? Find a market or a shop like Zeeman or Wibra. You're on holiday, not in some fashion contest. A travel-guide is nice to have in advance, but in most (especially larger) cities you can buy one in English at the first book-store. And so on, and so on.
Luggage and bags:
when on businesstrip/luxury: take a suitcase, when not: take backpack or sportsbag. Make sure when you go camping or cycling that your bags are waterproof. It often rains in Holland, especially in autunm, winter and spring!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In summer: light clothes, but also a sweater, long trousers and a raincoat!
In autumn: raincoat, rainboots, warm clothes
In winter: dress warmly! It can be very cold!
Spring: light clothes, warm clothes and a raincote!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No medicines: there are no diseases here. At every local medicineshop you can get medicines for headaches, stomach aches etc.
Photo Equipment: Bring whatever you want, but make sure you carry a waterproof photobag with you. There are filmshops where you can buy films or wher you can get your films printed very well. You can sometimes even get your camera fixed here!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping: towels, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, raincoat
Beach: (in summer) towel, bottle of water, suncream.
Miscellaneous: On the picture: there is a lot that is worh photographing. Bring a waterproof photobag along. It often rains in Holland.
Dress warmly! In the beginning of spring (march,april), at the end of autumn (october, november) and in winter (december-february) it can be very cold in Holland. At least bring a scarf and a warm coat / raincoat, sweaters and long trousers
Miscellaneous: DO YOU WANT TO SEE SOME MORE NICE VIEWS (PICS) OF HOLLAND? TAKE A LOOK AT MY NETHERLANDS TRAVELOGUE!
For any type of travel within our country, an umbrella is quite recommendable! It doesn't always rain of course, but it can rain in all seasons, so better be prepared!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I can't think of anything you can't get in the Netherlands.
Luggage and bags:
A fanny-pack is more helpful than a pocketbook.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When everyone advises you to bring an umbrella or water resistant wind breaker ..... listen to them. Even if you have to carry it on those sunny days, you will need it before the day is over.
Photo Equipment: If you bring a digital camera, don't forget to bring an adapter for your battery recharger. You don't want to miss any of those great pictures because you couldn't recharge your battery over night. Also bring extra cards for picture storage. See my travelogue for more pictures ...
Miscellaneous: Found jeans, tshirt and sneakers the best outfit of the day.
My son and grandmother shared a room at the Ambassade, where we were greeted by a very friendly and...more
This Hotel is the right place for romantic people who like its "old fashioned" style, the relaxed...more
It's great to see and witness that the hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool, which you can use...more
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