Lani – Kona, Hawaii
(September 18- September 22)
September 18th: This is the 2nd time I have been to the Schipol airport.
The Dutch and Indonesians know that our countries have a historical bonds because the Dutch ruled Indonesia for 300 years!
I enjoyed my short visit to the Netherland because I felt like I was at home; even though I was actually far from home.
I heard people speak Indonesian, met Indonesians in the street, stores, saw several Indonesian restaurants. I even met an Indonesian family when I was on the bus tour.
On this short visit, I was impressed because the Dutch were friendly, helpful, and spoke good English. I had no problem getting around using public transportation. My overall impression is an “A” plus.
September 19th : my friend and I went for a walk in Den Haag/The Hague area. The weather wasn’t so good, it varied from cloudy to sunny, with rain and wind thrown in.
I’m not fond of this kind of weather, but I didn’t have any choice, did I? I bundled up, taking an umbrella.
This is one of the royal palaces in Den Haag
We had lunch at the Indonesian restaurant called “Isakuiki”
I ordered some Indonesian snacks, and chips
This is an Indonesian dish calls “nasi rames” (rice, pickles, chicken in coconut milk, chayote, and chicken guts cooked in a spicy coconut milk sauce)
This is inside the restaurant. Tea anyone?
This is all the pictures from our one day trip in Den Haag:
This is another palace
Night time in Den Haag
You can see bicycles everywhere in the Netherlands. This place looks like a landfill of bicycles.
What a beautiful decoration
A beautiful park
China town in Den Haag
I had so much fun on a one day tour in Den Haag.
September 20th: Today I took two different bus tours. I took a train from Den Haag to Amsterdam. Then I met the tour group at their office in downtown Amsterdam, not far from the train station.
I arrived slightly late, immediately the tour leader brought us to the big, double-decker tour bus.
First tour left at 9:00am. I met an Indonesian family, a mother with her 2 daughters, from Jakarta.
We took this bridge to visit Volendam
I spotted klompen/wood sandal attached to the tree
This is inside the souvenir store
This man demonstrated how to make the Klompen. He speaks English and Spanish
Here are the tools to make the Klompen
This woman is making the famous stroop waffle, the aroma was so good that it made me hungry
Colorful Tulips made from wood
Many kinds of different magnets
More displays in the store
The display shows about VOC era
On the way out, I spotted this tree with fruits on it. I don’t have any idea, if that fruit is edible or not.
To be continued…