If like us you're driving, beware !
The police care very tough in incorrect parking infringements.
The 'wheel-clamp' and 'tow-away' are rigidly enforced.
Unique Suggestions: Just follow the rules and you won't go wrong.
Fun Alternatives: Don't try bribery whatever you do.
Just take it on the chin - or wallet !
The pic shows a safe one.
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To stay in thecity when you have a car
When you have a car it is worth to stay in the hotels around Amsterdam. For example Spaarnwoude resort hotel is 20 min from Amsterdam but you do not pay triple price for accomodation, do not pay 40 Euro for parking and stay in the quiet ecologic area.Related to:
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Proverbs are usually not exclusive to one country or language.
But here are some that reflect Dutch culture or that are used often in daily communication.
Unique Suggestions: Beloofd = beloofd
Promise is debt
Wat een boer niet kent dat vreet hij niet
What the farmer doesn't know, he won't eat
Wie voor een dubbeltje geboren is wordt nooit een kwartje
Whoever is born a dime will never become a quarter
Goedkoop is duurkoop
Cheap will turn out to be expensive
Voor een dubbeltje op de eerste rang willen zitten
Wanting to sit first rank for almost nothing
Fun Alternatives: The official Dutch dictionary is Van Dale. First published in 1864, and latest edition 2005.Related to:
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The biscuit tin
OK....so you are invited for midmorning coffee or midafternoon tea in a Dutch home. You will get a cup and saucer (preferably flowered china of ancient and unknown origin) and a spoon which was bought as a souvenir in some holiday country.
Coffee or tea is poured, a biscuit is offered....
Unique Suggestions: take the biscuit!
It's the only thing you will get to eat. After everyone's served, the lid goes on the biscuit tin. If you're lucky you might get another one on the second round of tea and coffee.
Sept. 2007: the wife of our crown prince, the Argentinian Princess Maxima, noted this very fact in one of her speeches this week.
Fun Alternatives: If you are used to a more filling morning coffee or tea, eat something before or after you leave.Related to:
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Mashing food - Prakken
So you're at the home of a Dutch family at about 18 hrs which is dinner time. You get a plate of vegs, potatoes, meat and gravy. To your horror you see everyone pick up their fork, move it to their right hand and start mashing up the food on their plate. This is called PRAKKEN. Within a blink of an eye the food is eaten.
Unique Suggestions: Don't follow example! You are right to be horrified.
When VT had it's contest of best VT pages, judged by leading American travel journalists, this tip was singled out as a favourite!
For all the winning pages (including this Netherlands page), see here.
Fun Alternatives: Just eat the way you want. Food should be enjoyed. If the food doesn't arrive at the table mashed already (like our stamppot, a bubble 'n squeak kind of dish), then just eat it like you're used to.
As a Dutchie I am ashamed to admit that I do mash up my last potato with some extra gravy :-)))Related to:
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Traffic by car
The Netherlands is a small country, so the longest trip you can make is about 300 km. if you go from south to north.
Roads are good, so are the cars. Many of them. Which means that especially in the west of the country (Randstad = triangle Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Utrecht) you will find yourself in traffic jams from 7-9:30 in the morning and 16.30-18.30 in the evening.
Unique Suggestions: If possible avoid the rush hour.
If you have a mobile phone, send an SMS to 969 (KPN) stating: FILE (followed by the moterway number for example A15)...
thus: FILE A15 will give you the traffic jams (FILE in Dutch) on the A15.
Just FILE will give you all traffic jams.
Fun Alternatives: An alternative is public transport: train, bus, metro.
See my transportation tips.
And specifically the scheduler of all public transportation across the country here. (Including translation)Related to:
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Have your pants dropped? A Dutch expression
I was just emailing with Kiwi (Pam) when this expression came up that seems to be quite unknown in English.
In Dutch, if you are baffled by something, your pants drop.
You would say: 'that makes my pants drop'.
Or even: 'good thing I was sitting down or my pants would've dropped !'
Unique Suggestions: Don't look surprised if you hear that: daar zakt m'n broek van af (that makes my pants drop). It's not rude. Just an expression.
Fun Alternatives: Why should there be an alternative? It's a perfectly good expression.
I'm not sure I should post a photo with this tip. Let me just mull over that...Related to:
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it should be seen
amsterdam is meant to *** with you. if you are traveling during the summer season, make sure to be prepared for the incredible confusion that resides within this beautiful and unique environment. for starters they give you all the drugs you could want or need. second they make the street names impossible to pronounce as if you were planning on speaking dutch anyway. then to make matters more difficult, they throw in cannals and make the streets and canals circular and windy. ohhh wait it gets better just as though you didnt have it hard enough, keep the sun out until almost midnight. yea it was a crazy time
Unique Suggestions: take an oppritunity to truly appriciate amsterdam as an experiment that could teach the world tolerance, and social maturity. just be aware of the scams and bad yet overpriced weed. there are a lot of people who would love to take advantage of stoned travelers. also make sure to schedule time outside of the city and in the suburbs and country side where the flowers and windmills are stunning. take a bike or bus tour if you are not inclined to travel alone.
Charity and volunteers.
The expression Dutch Treat is well known. It refers to the proverbial scringyness of the Dutch which in a way is true. We seem to have a lot of savings bank accounts. But the Dutch also give a lot to charity. Partly through their taxes but also through the many charities to support national and international causes.
The Dutch give 1.2% of their bruto year income to charity. If you are a member of a church, the rule of thumb is that you donate 2% of your bruto income to the church. In addition probably to whatever you give to other charities.
Charity is even a scientific study in The Netherlands. At the Universities of Amsterdam and Tilburg there the Social Science faculties run a special programme. Very interesting stuff.
Unique Suggestions: What if you don't have money to donate?
Fun Alternatives: Do voluntary work. Even with a government that takes care of so many social causes, there are still many, even locally, that are dependent on gifts and voluntary work.
My first voluntary job I had at age 14, pouring coffee in an old people's home and helping out with the handicrafts therapy. I've had lots of satisfaction working with the elderly, sick or with young people. And the last 10 years raising funds for projects overseas.
For an English summary of the donational behaviour of the Dutch, go to:
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Will you folks please tell me what the big fuss is about? I know many people love this city and keep coming here over and over again. Well, not me..
So they do have the manmade caves and they are pretty nice, but there are much more interesting ones in Maastricht, which is just "around the corner". Actually, everything in Valkenberg will look gray in the shade of beautiful Maastricht.
And why did I have to change 3 restaurants before I finally got waiter's attention? Maybe you should strat working for tips again instead of fixed salaries you'd be running to your customers like a chicken without head! Actually, this is the first time I got so disappointed visiting a Dutch city. Of course there is always Dronten but at least they are not calling themselves a tourism attraction
Located in amsterdam at damrak 20-22. Telephone number is 020-6392027. I will say this, I was interested for about all of 5 minutes! If you've never seen anything like this and you've got some money to blow, well maybe it's for you? Otherwise don't...
Located at Damrak 18, 1012 LH Amsterdam. I didn't think there was that much to it. I guess I had this preconceived notion that it was a museum and I might learn something?! All it was, basically, was nude pictures ranging in time. Even on a good day, how many nude pictures can you look at?
Holland has a very liberal stance on drugs for personel use, but be aware...Tolerance can't be stretched,controls are usually swift and when caught with more the the listed grams, ya are in deep trouble....deportations is one of the punishments.
I saw many young people flock over the border from Germany to Holland, many got caught up in Drugs...and many got caught by dutch law, well most of them have now a record for illigal drugs
Unique Suggestions: .... it is not worth it,stay out of trouble, know what ya doing
Fun Alternatives: I know, I will sound like an old rag..but believe me.....stay off drugs, you owe it to yourselfRelated to:
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Maybe it is a tourist trap, but I like it a lot, the street artist. This a picture I took of a street artists in Amsterdam. I think the street artists give a great atmosphere to this town. Looking at this picture just brings back the memories of my visit to Amsterdam last year.
This is the Amsterdam I like, strolling around in one of the great neighbourhoods of Amsterdam, along one of the canals, looking at the great architecture of the buildings and just taking in the atmosphere. And these street artist sure add to that feeling.
Sex museum sections!
Some parts of the Sex museum are closed, it is frustrating, but I think it is just about the restoring or renewing stuffs!
basically, a person could be satisfied with the visit there, but some closed sections are really in a paradoxal way seems to be the most interesting!Related to:
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