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Did Keukenhof ring a bell? Pretty sure you’re thinking of the vast tulip field in Lisse which only opens during the Spring season but it’s not what this post is all about. Unfortunately, I was too late to catch this flower show during my visit last August. This, however, did not stop me and my boyfriend to travel all the way to Lisse to see what remains of this spectacular garden which eventually led us to a different secret garden in the heart of Kasteel Keukenhof.
If you happen to be in Zaltbommel or any nearby towns and you’re looking for a decent hotel with luxurious treats, Van der Valk Hotel in Zaltbommel is a perfect find. Located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, this hotel has a peaceful and calm neighborhood which gives you a break from busy tourists and backpackers.
Netherlands is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe. Regardless if you’re up for a week-long excursion in Germany or you’re in the middle of your Eurotrip, a side trip to the Netherlands is always a must in your itinerary. Who would dare to skip sight-seeing rows of beautiful tulips, cruising the long rivers, and enjoying an afternoon with freshly made stroopwafels? I’m not sure about you but skipping these off my list is unforgivable. Aside from that, there’s definitely more to this kingdom than these wonderful travel gems.
It was one hell of a magical night when we decided to visit ‘s-Hertogenbosch. I know it’s a bit difficult to remember– it’s something like “heterogeneous” and sounds like “heshcdsrfjsdskkj”. (Yes! Emphasis on the “g” + “sch” sound in Dutch which really hurts my throat by the way). Later on, I found out that it is colloquially known as Den Bosch which is not that difficult to remember for me. Thank goodness!
Setting that aside, I was really mesmerized by its beauty. If you want to know what I am talking about, here’s a sneak peek and my list of 4 (+1) things to see while at Den Bosch.
I grew up eating rice with every meal. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.. rice is always on the menu. Well, what else can I say? Rice is life! That is why I never felt so much rice deprived until my trip to the Netherlands. I thought I was going to lose myself. There was already a little voice inside my head saying “Rice is life! Rice is life!”. I guess I just can’t stop being Asian.
Europe is one of the most expensive places to visit. For someone like me, it’s already difficult to afford that plane ticket so how much more the hotel accommodation during my stay? Not to mention, the hassle of applying for a Schengen visa and the fees that come along with it. My trip to The Netherlands was a short notice and I honestly don’t have enough money to enjoy a luxurious trip. So here’s how I was able to save my ass from the expenses while still enjoying my trip..
Castle Muiderslot.. the name does not ring a bell at first. But when I saw this in the list of attractions that are included in my Holland Pass, I got interested. It’s a castle! So why not get a dose of my “princess-y and fairytale” deams?
Before I came to The Netherlands, I already had plans how to make my short stay worthwhile. My schedule the day after I arrived was to visit one of the castles in Netherlands since it was the only time I had where I could fit this agenda. In all honestly, I really didn’t have an idea that you could find a lot of castles across the country. I know that it is famous for its windmills and that’s it! So when I knew about its castles, I thought that I really have to visit one of them. With that, I went to the famous Muiderslot Castle in Muiden.
But first thing’s first, how can I go to this castle from my hotel in Zaltbommel?
Dear Diary, I was 6,587 miles away from home. I almost couldn’t believe the announcement from my manager. At first, I laughed. I couldn’t believe what I heard because it was quite unusual. Most of us will be sent to the United States but not in Netherlands. It took me a few minutes to finally sink in what he just said. I concealed my excitement and went back to my cube. I thought, “If everything goes well, it’ll be my first international and solo travel”.