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The Beautiful Countryside Of The Netherlands

The Beautiful Countryside Of The Netherlands

Simone’s First Impression
I feel like I’ve just entered an episode of Leave it to Beaver!  This place is so quaint and peaceful, everyone is riding a bike and I haven’t noticed one person without a smile on their face!  We arrived in Amsterdam from Italy and took our rental car north to Purmerend about 30 minutes from the airport.  Our friends at taking the big break hooked us up with an awesome 3 story apartment with a rooftop deck!  They had stayed only nights before and introduced us to the owner, who is currently traveling in Nepal, via email.  The place is huge, clean and has a well stocked kitchen to cook in.  We decided to spend our first days here exploring the area north of Amsterdam and were blown away by the beautiful small towns that scatter the area.  We happened upon some windmills that had been turned into homes, fields of flowers and people of every shape, size and age riding a bike. What a magical place!
Jason’s First Impression

I don’t know what I expected Holland to be like.  Hearing stories about Amsterdam’s famous red light district and their relaxed laws for Marijuana, one tends to think that the areas around Amsterdam would probably be a little rough.  We were staying just twenty to thirty minutes outside of the city of temptation but there were no signs of anything like that.  In fact, it was quite the opposite, with quiet towns full of very friendly people and farms as far as you could see.  The landscape is beautiful and filled with cows and sheep to make the cheese that the Dutch are so famous for.  Luckily we rented a car and will be able to explore the roads at our own pace.  So far Holland is looking good.  The only temptation I see are the giant cheese wheels that I want to eat.

Rome, Italy

Simone:

We arrived to Rome after a very long 16-hour travel day with a short layover in Moscow.  It was late and we were tired.  Thankfully we had a driver picking us up at the airport.  As we made the 30-minute journey to our hotel I was amazed at how many people were out at nearly 11pm.  Many were eating dinner and drinking wine, several visiting old buildings and churches.  The first thing that struck me was Continue Reading