The Netherlands (1)

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.

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This is one of the royal palaces in Den Haag

We had lunch at the Indonesian restaurant called “Isakuiki”

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I ordered some Indonesian snacks, and chips


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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)


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This is inside the restaurant. Tea anyone?


This is all the pictures from our one day trip in Den Haag:

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This is another palace

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Different angle

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Night time in Den Haag

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You can see bicycles everywhere in the Netherlands. This place looks like a landfill of bicycles.

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What a beautiful decoration

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A beautiful park

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China town in Den Haag

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Nice building

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Kitty cat

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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.

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We took this bridge to visit Volendam

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I spotted klompen/wood sandal attached to the tree

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This is inside the souvenir store

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This man demonstrated how to make the Klompen. He speaks English and Spanish

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Here are the tools to make the Klompen

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Giant Klompen

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Klompen magnets

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This woman is making the famous stroop waffle, the aroma was so good that it made me hungry

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More Klompen

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Colorful Tulips made from wood

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Many kinds of different magnets

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More displays in the store

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The display shows about VOC era

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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…


40 Comments to "The Netherlands (1)"

  1. bayu winata  1 May, 2014 at 13:52

    mba Lani: klompennya ada yang ukuran 44 ga ya?

  2. Lani  15 April, 2014 at 21:21

    CB : halah……….iki meneh bengok2…….nyatane baru bisa mbengok setelah relax yo……dinikmati saja sebelum kembali kerja koyok dioyak demit hehehe……..

  3. Lani  15 April, 2014 at 21:19

    ARIFFANI: hahaha………malah diminta kulakan bule………..klu yg itu monggo cari sendiri……wokeh diluar sana……..jgn cari di Indonesia……..ora ketemu hehehe…….jangan2 bule aspal krn hanya di cat kkk

  4. Lani  15 April, 2014 at 21:18

    HAND : halah…namanya mimpi bs sampai kemana aja yg dimaui, kdg malah ngimpi mengunjungi neraka kkkk……..jd ora nang surga tok……….kamu jok meng-copy ki lurah Baltyra…….taon piro yoooooo???? kkkkk

  5. ariffani  15 April, 2014 at 20:33

    bu lani , misalnya bsok pulang ke Indonesia , saya boleh tuh bu di kasi oleh2 bule … hehehehhheeh

  6. ariffani  15 April, 2014 at 20:29

    the fruit looks like …………… hahahahhahha………..

  7. Handoko Widagdo  15 April, 2014 at 18:37

    Mimpipun aku belum sampai di sini.

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