The Netherlands (5)

Lani – Kona, Hawaii

 

September 22: Today is my last day in the Netherlands.

We are taking train going to Leiden. Leiden is an old town.

The weather wasn’t so good, a bit cloudy and drizzling. We walked around town, I do enjoy it very much!

Enjoy the pictures:

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Leiden central train central station

 

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Canal, bicycle, and windmolen in the background

 

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You can see a little bit on the left hand side, people on the boat, cruising the canal

 

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I took this picture, I thought the building was interesting

 

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One of the bridge in downtown Leiden

 

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Canal, boats, the neighborhood

 

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This bridge could be lift up so the tall boat can pass in this canal

 

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The church from the distance

 

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The church from the alley

 

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The canal, boat, church, interesting view

In this town of Leiden, famous with it calls graffiti, but it’s poem graffiti in different languages, placed on the wall of the buildings

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Anybody knows? Is this in Greek language?

 

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Is it in Slovenian language? Please help, Novie, Wusi or Ayu, thanks. Would you translate it? Thanks

 

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I think this is in Dutch?

 

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This is the new royal couple

 

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It’s a restaurant built as a boat on the canal

 

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Bridge, canal, and the bicycle

 

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More boats tight up to the edges of the canal

 

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More restaurant at the edge of the canal

People who live in the 4 climates, they like being outside as much as they can, enjoy the warm weather to the maximum, before finally the weather is getting cold and they can’t sit outside anymore.

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Interesting fountain, with gold fish sculpture

 

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Look at the boat on the back ground, with a group of people in it, somebody celebrating birthday, singing, playing music, eating and drinking. They just want to have fun!

Finally we are hungry and having lunch at the restaurant which is selling many different flavors of panekoeken (it might be wrong spelling, please corrected would you please: Charles/Pim/Ron V thanks) one of traditional famous food in the Netherlands.

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This is my pannekoeken, I chose to have sweet pannekoeken with slices of apple, raisin, and top with powdered sugar. So yummy! I can’t finished it, because it’s so big!

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Me, and my pannekoeken

I took home my left over pannekoeken, I ate it tomorrow morning as my breakfast.

After lunch, we heading back to Den Haag. It was such wonderful day trip in Leiden. I enjoyed very much!

 

September 23: Today I am leaving the Netherlands to Montpellier, France. My friend who is suppose to give me a ride to the airport of Rotterdam calling sick.

Because of that sudden happened, I’ve to take train from Den Haag going to Rotterdam. Get off from the train station in Amsterdam central, change train going to Rotterdam. Get off at the Rotterdam train station, I’ve to take a bus going to the Rotterdam airport.

Arrived at the Rotterdam airport was still early, even the counter check-in of Transavia airlines wasn’t open yet.

Rotterdam airport is a small airport, I only see several stores, and 1 restaurant on the second floor. I walked around to kill the time, it was so boring. Finally, I went to the restaurant to have lunch.

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I had Chinese style chicken wrap, with hoisin sauce, it’s delicious.

After finished lunch, I went down stair. The counter check-in was open and I was staying on the lines. I realized I’ve a problem with my luggage, the handle it won’t goes down! Basically the handle was stuck!

I asked for help from a security guy, if he can make that luggage handle will goes down, but no luck at all!

One guy in front of me, try to help me out, he is Dutch. He crack me laughed when he said : where is the knop (I don’t know how the right spelling for knop in Dutch, anybody?)

He looked at me, with a big question mark in his face. I said, I do understand what you were saying “knop” because we say that too in Indonesian. We laughed together this time. To me, it was so funny.

He can’t make the handle goes down, he gave up! Finally I talk to the counter check-in person, telling her what was going on with my luggage handle. She said, no problem you can check-it and I was going to write it down in this tag, that your luggage handle won’t goes down and please you sign it.

After finished check-in, I went to the counter security check-in, and wait again before boarding. I’m the only Asian flying to Montpellier in this flight. It takes about 2 hours flying from Rotterdam to Montpellier. The girl sit next to me on the plan is come from Tahiti, moved to Montpellier with her family since she was a child and since then she never go back home.

I arrived at Montpellier airport about 8:00pm, it’s also a small airport.

After pick up my luggage, I walk to arrival counter. Can’t wait to see Clara and her husband. I spotted them right away, she is a petite lady, and her husband Ali is big guy. This is our first met in person, I’m so happy to meet both of them……..

Both of them so friendly, I feel like we’ve been friends for long time…. I feel so welcome…….

 

To be continued…

 

19 Comments to "The Netherlands (5)"

  1. Lani  16 June, 2014 at 21:20

    Lani, Leiden memang indah. Aku juga suka foto-foto di Leiden dan sekitarnya. Leiden ada kenangan tersendiri, karena mendiang Oom pernah tinggal di sana. Aku beberapa kali ke rumahnya dan sempat nginap juga.
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    KI LURAH : nampaknya ki lurah terbangunkan dr tidurnya, opo krn saking sibuk-e sampa hampir terlewat nyentil aku diartikel ini.
    Jd negoro londo mmg punya kenangan tersendiri buatmu, ndak cm mendptkan pasangan hidup disini, msh diikuti dgn yg lainnya……..
    Aku akui Leiden mmg indah, seharian aku dan istri bossku, diajak jalan sgt menyenangkan!
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    Tapi reportase jalan-jalanmu kali ini kurang seru, tidak ada parade foto “munthu” kayak yang seri sebelumnya… juga tidak ada parade foto yang kempling kinyis-kinyis…
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    Wakakak…….parade “munthu”? onok2 wae, mmgnya hrs diparadekan? Agar bs dibandingkan dgn milik para penyandang munthu????? Selain ukuran, serta warnanya, ngakak aku……dasar lurah sudrun!

    Ora ono foto kinyis2? Welah, iki rodo kurang ajar hehehe………bukannya foto pentulise mewakili sing kinyis2, kemplink kuwi mau ta????? Apa mungkin ukuran kinyis2mu itu hrs spt atau sebanding dgn ukuran kang Anoew????? Hahaha……..

  2. J C  16 June, 2014 at 16:11

    Lani, Leiden memang indah. Aku juga suka foto-foto di Leiden dan sekitarnya. Leiden ada kenangan tersendiri, karena mendiang Oom pernah tinggal di sana. Aku beberapa kali ke rumahnya dan sempat nginap juga.

    Tapi reportase jalan-jalanmu kali ini kurang seru, tidak ada parade foto “munthu” kayak yang seri sebelumnya… juga tidak ada parade foto yang kempling kinyis-kinyis…

  3. Lani  14 June, 2014 at 05:32

    SUMMER GIRL : Jgn kuatir sebentar lagi kamu bakal jalan2 kesana, wlu pakai tour group…….mmg enaknya semua sdh diatur, tinggal manut……….tp lbh menyenangkan klu tour sendiri, krn bs ketempat-tempat yg klu via tour tdk dikunjungi, lagian klu tour sendiri bs blusukan ketempat lokal, makan jg ditempat lokal………….itu yg aku senengi

  4. Summer Girl  14 June, 2014 at 03:24

    Bu lani, semoga saya bisa vacation kesana kapan2, temen2 saya sudah bolak balik kesana sampe saya bingung duitnya pada banyak bener vacation melulu ke eropa dari jkt hehehe..

  5. Lani  13 June, 2014 at 21:24

    SUMMER GIRL : mahalo udah mencungul kembali dan mampir disini, perencanaan setahun dimuka tergantung brp banyak tempat yg akan dikunjungi dan jg teman2 bs apa ndak nya……..

    mmg udara msh bagus krn itu diawal musim gugur, travel plg pas utk di neg dingin sebelum summer, dan sesdh summer………..tempat agak lenggang dan tentu saja tiket harganya miring

  6. Lani  13 June, 2014 at 21:22

    CHARLES : your spelling of the word knop is right
    what a great pictures.
    and yes that pannekoek was really a big one.

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    thanks, for letting me know about spelling “knop”, I giggle again when I was thinking back…….

    yes, that panekoek was so big………can’t finished but mmm……..yum! Someday when I go back to the Netherlands……….would you take me to have panekoek again?????

  7. Lani  13 June, 2014 at 21:20

    HENNIE : Memang enak bangeti itu panekoek nya, wlu gede pisan……..sampai kg habis, aku bawa pulang, buat sarapan keesokan harinya. Apalagi rasanya ber-macam2 bs pilih suka2………..mau yg gurih apa yg manis dan mau dicampur dgn apa saja isinya………aduh jd kangen panekoek ala londo…………..

  8. Lani  13 June, 2014 at 21:18

    WIWIT : namanya jalan2…………dan hobby jalan2, jd jelas wuenaaaaaak………bs melihat, menikmati, hal2 baru……dan ketemu teman ada A plus nya……..mahalo udah mampir dilapakku ya……..

  9. Lani  13 June, 2014 at 21:17

    HAND : bagaimana klu pertanyaannya aku balik: Kamu dan lurahe ke Leiden, menuliskan puisi kalian dlm aksara hanacaraka, bakal menjadikan kenangan terhebat, masalahe Belanda telah menjajah Indonesia selama 300 tahun………

    Hayo pie? Perlu dibicarakan ke ki lurah???????

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