Guyito in the Netherlands: Touring the Zaanse Schans

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I'm enjoying the view!

Guyito enjoying the windmills

Kumusta? To make up for my long absence here, I’ll take you today to a beautiful, beautiful place called Zaanse Schans. It is a little village that’s just about a 40-minute ride from the Amsterdam Central Station.

Zaanse Schans is a reminder of the how life was back in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the traditional houses in Zaanse Schans are now museums, gift shops, or workshops, while others are still used as private residences. Lucky people!

Now let me take you to some interesting things and places in Zaanse Schans.

Here, you see the windmills. There are 10 pairs of sail in Zaanse Schans that continue to turn. They are used for sawing wood and grinding oil, flowers, and spices. Pretty helpful, aren’t they?
Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) 4

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Het Jonge Schaap 4

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Sawmill Het Jonge Schaap 2

Then, there is the cheese farm where a demonstration on how the traditional Dutch cheese is held. Oh, and guests are welcome to sample their cheese products ๐Ÿ˜‰

So cheese-sy :-)

So cheese-sy ๐Ÿ™‚

There are craft museums, too, that shows demonstration like shoemaking.
Guyito and the wooden shoe maker

Will they ever make shoes for me? ๐Ÿ™‚


Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Het Jonge Schaap 3

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Sawmill Het Jonge Schaap 1
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed my story and photos on Zaanse Schans. Next time I’ll take you to a flower market!

Guyito in the Netherlands: Riding the Bull

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Hee-ya!

Hee-ya!

A carabao riding a bull. It seems unlikely but yeah, here I am, riding the famous but controversial raging bull sculpture made by artist Arturo di Modica.

Di Modica first surprised New York when he, without notice, installed a bull at the Wall Street. This is the third bull he installed, which also took the people of Amsterdam by surprise. The second one was installed in China a couple of years ago.

More adventures next post!

Guyito in the Netherlands: Rijksmuseum and Iamsterdam

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Hallo there! I have been lagging behind my posts. I have now a lot of travels to share with you and I just can’t keep up ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, to continue on with my adventures in the Netherlands, I will take you today to the Rijksmuseum. In English, it means, The State Museum. *Rijksmuseum behindThe museum first opened to the public in 1800 so it is now more than two hundred years old! In 2003, it began its reconstruction and was opened again in 2013, after 10 years of renovation. I’ve read that the budget for the renovation was really big. Well, we’re talking here of 10 years. With its transformation, the Rijksmuseum is now among the most breathtaking museums in the world. *iamsterdam 2In Amsterdam is also another tourist drawer, the โ€œI amsterdamโ€ sign. You’ve probably seen it all over the net and printed on t-shirts and souvenir items. It was used at first as a marketing campaign for the business and promotional organizations in the Amsterdam area. It is such a big hit that it is now amongย the cityโ€™s icon. No trip to Amsterdam is complete without stopping by an โ€œI amsterdamโ€ sign and having a photo opt with it. So I had to grab the opportunity, of course. Can you spot me? ๐Ÿ™‚ *iamsterdam 1No? You can’t see me? Hereโ€™s a closeup shot ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I’m sure you see me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Till next adventure! *iamsterdam 3

Guyito in The Netherlands: Riding the Bike, Bus, and Trains

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Guyito at MacBike, The Netherlands

Come, letโ€™s rent a bike!

Hello again!

I am taking you on several rides today. First, let’s take the bike in Amsterdam.

We all know Amsterdam is a very bike-friendly city. In fact, it is dubbed “The City of Bikes.” And why not? It has multitude of bike paths and it has special bicycle traffic lights, too!

Guyito at a bike lane, Amsterdam

How about a carabao lane, anyone? Heehee

I was so amazed. I hope the Philippines will have these, too. Instead of people riding on carabaos, they might as well ride bikes to their farm ๐Ÿ˜‰ Someday. Someday.

Anyway, your biking experience in Amsterdam begins with a rented bike. Here I am at one of the rental stations of MacBike.

Guyito testing a bike

How would you like to ride a bike with me around Amsterdam? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, let’s take the GVB bus. Itโ€™s a cool way to tour the city. The GVB is the public transport system in Amsterdam. It has 16 trams routes, around 50 bus routes, 4 metro lines, and 5 ferry links. Now, when will my dear Philippines have these?! I hope it happens in my lifetime.
Guyito rides the GVB Bus, Amsterdam

Bus selfie!

Letโ€™s hop on a trains this time, shall we? Around Amsterdam, I took the GVB train.
Guyito aboard the GVB train, Amsterdam

Look, it’s not crowded!

Here I am at the Waterlooplein Metro Station. It is close to the city hall of Amsterdam.
Guyito at Waterlooplein Metro Station, Amsterdam

Ready for a train ride!

Oh, I also rode a train in Rotterdam, the 2nd largest city in The Netherlands. The train system in Europe is really very efficient. Kainggit much!
Guyito at the Rotterdam train station

It’s so clean ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m saving the best ride for last so here I am, in a Thalys Train 1st class! Thalys, the โ€œred train,โ€ is a high speed train that takes you to Belgium, France, The Netherlands, and Germany. So since I’m riding it, you can guess where I am heading next ๐Ÿ˜‰
Guyito on board Thalys Train 1st class!

Come, ride with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

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Hello there again! Sorry for the late post. I’ve been busy gallivanting ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I will be sharing with you my visit around the most beautiful spring garden in the world, the Keukenhof Garden!

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

That passageway looks great for a wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

At over 32 hectares, it is filled with more than 7 million tulips, hyacinth, and daffodils. No wonder it is called the Garden of Europe.
Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

Tulips, anyone? ๐Ÿ™‚

But even with this huge area and display of colorful flowers, it is said that this is only second to the Dubai Miracle Garden. (I gotta see Dubai’s garden, too, someday.)

Let me show you around through pictures!

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

Can you tell me what flowers are these?

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

I wonder if these beautiful plants grow in my country.

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

I have an idea: I’m gonna try plowing a field for a flower farm when I go back to the Philippines!

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

Wheeee! A windmill!

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

A sakura tree? I’m still in the Netherlands, right? Not in Japan?

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Do visit the Netherlands at spring time because that’s when Keukenhof Garden is open. It closes for the rest of the year.

Bye for now!

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

Come on, come on, take my picture in front of that thing there.

Guyito in The Netherlands: At the Keukenhof Garden

Uh-oh, she beat me to it!

Guyito in The Netherlands: Klompen!

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Guyito on klompen

I wonder if they have these in my size ๐Ÿ™‚

Goede dag! I am continuing on with my adventures in The Netherlands. Today I have been introduced to klompen, the traditional Dutch wooden shoes, which are actually clogs. The Dutch people wore them hundreds of years ago to keep their feet dry and warm in muddy farm fields. During the industrial revolution, the klompen became popular in many countries in Europe primarily because it is comfortable for walking and standing for long periods.

Guyito and Dutch wooden shoes

Guyito and Dutch wooden shoes on display

Klompen shoemaking is still an important industry in the country, although klompen are not worn anymore as popularly as in the old days. People who usually wear them today are farmers, fishermen, factory workers, and artisans. They wear klompen to protect their feet from things that might pierce a regular boot. Majority of the shops that make klompen, like this one that I visited in Zaanse Schans, produce them as tourist souvenirs.

Guyito and the wooden shoe maker

Visiting a Dutch wooden shoe maker

Thank you for reading. Next time, I will take you to a beautiful garden with lots, and I mean LOTS of tulips! Please stay tuned. ๐Ÿ™‚

Guyito Goes to The Netherlands!

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Stroopwafels look yummy!

Stroopwafels look yummy!

Hallo! Yes, you’ve read it right, I have been to The Netherlands! How exciting, isn’t it? I am used to seeing rice fields in my home country, the Philippines. Here, it’s colorful fields of tulips!

But first off, let’s have some snack. A carabao has to eat, too ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I’m buying a stroopwafel. It’s a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough. Between the layers is a gooey caramel-like syrup, which makes the waffle oh-so-delicious. Oh, and the syrup has a hint of cinnamon.

Did you know that the baker who first made this famous snack used leftovers from a bakery, like breadcrumbs? I wonder if he ever thought his stroopwafels would be this famous hundreds of years from the first time he made them.

Gotta eat some stroopwafels now so I’m signing off. But please do visit my blog again because I am posting lots of photos from this beautiful country, which is the world’s second largest exporter of food and agricultural products. Did you read it, guys? Ag-ri-cul-tu-ral. Ahem. Looks like I’ll really enjoy it here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tot de volgende keer! Stay tuned for more of my adventures in this land of tulips, windmills, cheese, and wooden shoes!