It took me until our visit to Kinderdijk to realize that the Dutch have been winning at water management for centuries and continue to do so. They are all geniuses.
Den Haag (or The Hague) is the capital city of South Holland and is where the Dutch government operates from. On our last day, we visited the capital and even took a dip into the North Sea.
What other way to travel to Kinderdijk, the village of windmills and dikes, than to take a waterbus? Kinderdijk is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that gave us insight into how innovative the Dutch can be.
Rotterdam was a “complete 180” from Amsterdam. It felt more like a city as us Torontonians understood a city to be. The buildings were taller, structures were wider, and the urban skyline made us feel like we were closer to home. Continue reading
De Hoge Veluwe National Park also had two museums, and we all got the opportunity to see a Van Gogh exhibit and other installations at one of them.
I would have to say that this was an experience I will never forget and hopefully I can visit De Hoge Veluwe again. The 55km² nature reserve has wildlife ranging from big horned sheep and sand lizards to red deer and wild boar.
Fittingly, a few of us chose to spend the early afternoon of day 4 doing research on the four ingredients that constitute the Netherlands’ most famous lager, Heineken. Then we went on a tour of Ijurg, a neighbourhood in IJ lake being built on an artificial island. Continue reading