"Netherlands (IT IS NOT HOLLAND)" Netherlands by leecouk12324
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In schools in England when we are children - and evern from our parents - we are told that the Netherlands and Holland are the same country.
However after visiting the Netherlands a few times and reading about it and talking to people - i found this is not the case
Holland is no more a part of the Netherlands - a region of the Netherlands - ie like the North West of England is a region in the UK.
The vast majority of people perhaps visit Holland in their first trip to the Netherlands as this is the region where Amsterdam is and the famous windmills and the tulip fields.
When in Amsterdam i tried to speak a little Dutch - it got me into much more problems and created some confusion - Amsterdammers - like people from many big cities in Europe - prefer it if you speak Engliish - unless you are very proficient in their language.
Peter Biddlecombe on the Netherlands (from "Travels with my briefcase") says;
"In fact, in many ways, the Netherlands is very much like Britain; everybody speaks English. everybody watches or listens to the BBC. Doing business with the Dutch however, is not like doing business with the British. They are organised, practical and 100% trustworthy. If a Dutchman says yes, he means yes; not "peut-etre" like in some countries i won't mention.
"The Dutch like to talk", a British lawyer working in the Hague warned me once as.........."
Very flat. Lots of cycle paths to seperate you from the road. Contrats with different big cities and small towns - Rotterdam is a huge port. Amsterdam is cosmopoiltan.
If in Netherlands you must at some stage ride a bike like the locals - especially if in Amsterdam ( but always secure your bike with a very sturdy lock - crime is rife here - also beware of pickpockets if in Amsterdam). Remember in Amsterdam pot or cannabis is to be smoked in "Coffee Shops" - and not on the streets and make sure your Youth Hostel or Hotel allows it before you light up there.
I dont smoke drugs myself - maybe people think i am a little boring.
I do drink a little sometimes and in Netherlands one should try the "Genever" which is the Dutch Gin. Netherlanders also love to eat Herrings so become a local and eat these also - "Raw" - yes "raw" - i tried them - they are ok.
A very famous soup in England used to be "Pea and Ham soup" - the Netherlands version is "Erwtensoep" a very thick soup like the British Pea and Ham but instead of Ham it come with spicy sausage - good for a very cold day.
Public Transport - one thing to note of the Netherlands like many places in Europe is public transport is very efficient, cheap and convenient - however if in Amsterdam make sure you buy a "Strippenkarten" from a Tobaccist before getting on a tram and make sure you stamp it when you get on - otherwise you can be fined.
I found the Dutch people extremely friendly and they like to talk - like the British they like to drink Beer - and Heineken is the main choice if in Amsterdam - the good news is they like to serve the beer with a head as people in North England like - the bad news is if they find you are from England they might think you like a beer with no head like the Londoners.
Many people when visiting Netherlands will come into Schiphol Airport outside Amsterdam - this is a very big Airport and one of my favourite Airports - i always make sure i have a Heineken or two here before i leave for England - it always tastes far superior to Heineken in England and it is worth comming here just for this reason alone.
Peter Biddlecombe says on Schipol Airport "When you land, Dutch efficiency takes over. You must realise that Schipol was up and running when Heathrow and Gatwick were still happy feeding grounds for cattle"
- Pros:Great public transport. Great cycle paths
- Cons:Pickpockets in Amsterdam
- In a nutshell:Amsterdam is nice but visit other places
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