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The Netherlands are located in north-west Europe. It is north of Belgium and west of Germany. It is surrounded by the North Sea its the north and west.

Much of the land is coastal lowland and polders. (a tract of low land, reclaimed from the sea body of water and protected by dikes.) There are some hills in the southeast region.

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Amsterdam Rotterdam The Hague Utrecht Eindhoven

6. Tilburg 7. Groningen 8. Almere 9.Breda 10. Nijmegen

Preparing to Travel

No Visa is required to travel from the U.S to the Netherlands if staying less than 90days, but you MUST have a passport, returning airline ticket, proof of adequate funds (â‚Ź 34 per day), and evidence for the purpose of your travel


There are no required vaccinations to travel into the Netherlands, however it is recommended that you are up to date in your routine vaccinations.

• Terrorist threat level is substantial. • There is a realistic possibility an attack will take place in the Netherlands • Recommended to stay in tune with the news and be aware of your surroundings AT ALL TIMES.

• There are demonstrations for world and local issues periodically. There is police oversight and these events rarely escalate to violence.

Mid March to May are called the shoulder months or shoulder seasons. This is a time when all of the tulips begin blooming and the daily highs vary from 59, 65, and even exceeding 75 some days.

What to Pack Pack an variation of clothes. Depending on your stay in the Netherlands the temperature could get high as over 75 degrees or below 50 degrees.

Breaking The Barrier There are two official languages in the Netherlands which are 1.Dutch 2. Frisian.

Quick words to learn: 1. Hello = Hallo 2. Good bye =Tot ziens 3. Please = Let 4. Thank you = Dank u 5. Do you speak English = Spreek je Engels? 6. Where is the bathroom = Waar is de badkamer?

It’s the Netherlands NOT Holland When meeting shake hands with everyone present children including children. Be sure to introduce yourself if no one else introduces you. Keep eye contact when speaking. Always be punctual.

• Ingredients: – 3 deboned organic chicken thighs – Salt – 1 tbsp mustard – 1/2 lemon – 2 small onions – 2 cloves garlic – 1 tsp sambal – 4 tbsp (stir fry) oil – 3 tbsp ketjap manis Serves 2 to 3 people


• Remove the chicken from the pan, add 1 tbsp oil and fry the • Season the chicken thighs onion-sambal mix over a low heat with salt and thoroughly coat until the onion is tinged yellow. with the mustard. Roll them up again and keep covered in • Add the chicken back to the pan, along with the ketjap manis and 1 the fridge until ready to use. tbsp water, and bake the chicken Juice the lemon. Peel the for 12 minutes over a low heat onions and garlic and slice until cooked. the onion finely. Mince the garlic. • Most of the juices of the sauce should have evaporated by the • Mix the onion, garlic, lemon end of the cooking time. juice and sambal thoroughly. • Heat 3 tbsp oil in a frying pan • Serve the chicken with the onion sauce spooned over it. Serve and brown the chicken thighs yellow rice and a cucumber salad. on all sides for about 4 minutes, until golden brown.

INGRIDIENTS: – 4.4 lb (2 kg) stewing beef – 3.5 (50 g) tbsp butter – Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste – 6 large onions, sliced – 3 1/4 cups beef or chicken stock (750 ml) – 2 cinnamon sticks – 1 tsp juniper berries – 5 bay leaves – 6 cloves – 4 tbsp vinegar – 1 large sheet all-butter puff pastry (or 6 puff pastry squares) – 1 large organic egg, beaten

Serves 10. Requires a 2quart pie dish

DIRECTIONS: • Pat the meat dry and cut into bitesized pieces. Heat the butter and brown the meat. Season with salt & pepper. Add the chopped onions and allow to soften. • Pour the stock into the pot. Add the spices, vinegar and bring to a boil. Once the stew comes to a boil, reduce the temperature to low, cover the pot with a lid and allow to simmer for at least 3 to 4 hours. Check every so often and add more stock if required. • The stew is ready when the meat starts to disintegrate into threads and the liquid has

• reduced down to a thick gravy. Remove the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and whatever cloves and juniper berries you can find. • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the pie dish. • On a floured surface, roll out puff pastry to an inch or 2 larger than the baking dish. Place the pastry over the top of the pie dish and crimp the edges. Now use a fork to poke some holes around the edges of the pie. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg, then bake the pie directly on the bottom of the oven for 45 minutes.

Don’t forget your MONEY!! The euro is the current currency used in the Netherlands.  1 U.S Dollar = 0.7238 Euros  5 U.S Dollars = 3.6192 Euros  10 U.S Dollars = 7.2385Euros  20 U.S Dollars = 14.4770 Euros  50 U.S Dollars = 36.1925 Euros  100 U. S Dollars = 72.3850 Euros

10. DELTA Project Built between 1950 and 1997 in the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland. The Delta Project has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Made of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, and storm surge barriers.

9. Maastricht Vrijhof The best-known city square in Maastrich. It features Saint Servatius Church and Saint Jan’s Cathedral. It also hosts large festivals year round including the autumn and winter festivals.

8. Rijksmuseum The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is the largest and most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

7. Kinderdijk

The largest concentration of Dutch windmills can be found near Kinderdijk (“Children’s dike”). To drain the excess water from the polders, which are situated below sea-levels, 19 windmills were built around 1740.

6.Hoge Veluwe One of the largest continuous nature reserves in the Netherlands. Consisting of heath lands, sand dunes, and woodlands.

5. Keukenhof Gardens The world’s largest flower garden, and actually a promotion for the Dutch flower industry. Approximately seven million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park.

4. Delft City Hall Renaissance style building on the Markt square across from the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

3. West Frisian Islands

Chain of islands in the North Sea off the Dutch coast. The islands separate the North Sea from the shallow Wadden Sea, with tidal mud flats. Under the supervision of licensed guides several islands can be reached by walking on the mudflats during low tides.

2. Leiden Canals Leiden is known for the oldest university in the Netherlands, the birthplace of Rembrandt and its beautiful canals.

1. Canals of Amsterdam

Amsterdam began building its famous canals in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht form concentric belts around the city, known as the grachtengordel.

RED LIGHT DISTRICTS!! An area typically known for sex, and soft drugs actually has much mor to offer. Locals often refer to the Red Light districts as “The

Rossebuurt� meaning red or pink neighborhoods. The districts are the safest areas in Amsterdam and has a lot authentic architecture and culture.

Dutch Daily News First Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Light Up Dutch Highway Early April 2014 the first Glowing Lines was constructed on the N329 provincial highway. This makes the project the first light-emitting highway pilot in the world. The Glowing Lines are part of the internationally known and award-winning Smart Highway concept. With this concept for the intelligent highway of tomorrow.

The artwork was designed by artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and the road was constructed by Heijmans. The Glowing Lines make the road sustainable, safer and poetic. Roosegaarde and Heijmans have developed a lightemitting lining that charges itself during the day and glows at night.

Albert Cornelis Baantjer Albert was born September 16, 1923 – and died August 29, 2010. He was born in Urk, he was raised in a strict Calvinist upbringing. He worked as inspector for the Asterdam Police Department for thirty-eight years, which is where he gets most of inspiration for his novels. Baantjer has sold one million books. Baantjer is the author of thriller and mystery novels and published over fifty “Dekok” titles which are is most famous works.

• Two of Baantjer’s most famous works are the Murder in Amsterdam series and his Dekok murder series.

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