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Friday, 29 June 2012

Five for Friday - Photo Edition

I have a few photos from around town that I keep on meaning to put into a post, but I haven't gotten around to it. So I figured why not use the five for to do so. The photos are all from around Den Haag. And as a reminder the five for Friday idea was something I picked up from this lady.

An archway down one of the side streets.

One of the museums in centrum.

Side view of the the parliament buildings.

One of the streets in centrum.

Tree lined walkway near the parilament buildings.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Just the random floating around my mind

  • I'm starting to know my way around town. So well that yesterday I gave directions to lost people twice :). One was someone who last lived here 18 years ago, and the other occurance was to a group of tourists.
  • Zalm broodje is better than harring broodje.
  • Bread and coffee seem to giving my candy problem a run for it's money.
  • Last night we went to Delft, just to go look at Ikea. I've now decided that I need to live in a country with an Ikea. The things they do with limited space is amazing.
  • The trip there also just highlighted how awesome it is to have reliable public transport.
  • Customer service here is actually service. Granted people aren't very friendly, but they help you get what you need. Twice we've had cashiers still give us discount on items even though we don't have the loyalty cards, I've even been told not to go for somethings because it wouldn't be worth it for me. Nothing like that happens at home.
  • There's a farmers market every Wednesday, and so far it's always rained :-/.
  • Although I have the time to see tons of places it's hard to see them, as a lot of the museums are places Jerall would like to see too. It's hard to balance the "I want to see things" with the "I want to see them with J" desire. Oh well at least we're seeing things :).
  • On Saturday we're going to Amsterdam, with that it'll have been a fair amount of Netherlands touring...and we'll start planning our trip to Germany and Paris :).
  • Below is a photo of the Hup Holland mug I bought ages ago, just because :p.

NL 2012: Madurodam

On Saturday we went to Madurodam. Madurodam is miniature park containing miniatures of various popular spots in the Netherlands.What makes it awesome - beyond the exact replications of some great places - is the interactive parts of it. Throughout the park you can swipe your card to either play a mini info video of the place/object you're looking at, or at some spots you swipe and collect more mini videos and quizzes about other spots. You can view those you collected at other spots throughout the park, those then get added to a section you can access from the site called "Your Park" once you're home. The interactions don't stop there, there are some activities scattered throughout the park, you can: try to plug holes with your fingers in a dike, save a town from being flooded, bid on flowers at an auction, try to fly a plane, try to load containers onto a ship, put out a ship fire and many more. It gets even better, as almost every display has some sort of moving part. Churches have processions, roads have buses driving around, boats are on the canals, and trains are zooming in and out of stations. Two such displays really stood out for me: all the rides of carnival were moving, and at a concert the minis that made up the crowd swayed :).

Another great part of the park is that you get to see some great buildings in miniature. And bonus for me, recognising some of them as places you've been too :). Although it can also help you pick out spots that you'd like to see the original of. We spent a few great hours there without noticing the time spent. I think it helped that you're a giant there :).

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