Netherlands: Through Bram and Manon’s Eyes

 

Bram and Manon

Where are you originally from?​ 
The Netherlands

PEOPLE

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Honest and direct

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?
9

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Doe maar gewoon, dan doe je al gek genoeg (Just act normal and you’ll be crazy enough)

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Hallo/dank je wel/alsjeblieft/sorry

Are you more like laid back or party people?
Both!

FOOD​

Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Friet met and frikandel speciaal. Oh and also stamppot!

Best drink? Local drink to try?
We are real coffee people!

How is breakfast served in your country?
Often it is just simple bread or cornflakes. Always cold.

CULTURE​

The best festival to attend?
Hard question, because there are a LOT in the Netherlands! I guess that would be Pinkpop or (in my opinion) Paaspop.

Which sport are you guys crazy about?
Definitely soccer! Shame we didn’t make it to the world cup this year though…

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Probably swinging in the highest swing of Europe in Amsterdam, or skydiving above Texel.

What excursions and/or activities do you extremely suggest that visitors MUST do?
I would recommend taking a boat ride to Giethoorn, visiting the windmills at Kinderdijk, go to the GLOW festival in Eindhoven in winter and visiting the tulip fields in spring – all typical Dutch!

Are there any local customs a visitor should be sensitive to?
We are pretty direct people and will often say to you what we think. We also like to be on time, so be careful about that. Furthermore, we also have good humour!

PLACES​

What is/are the most surreal places/landmarks to visit?
Probably the cubic houses in Rotterdam. They are so weird to see!

Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
Sint-Oedenrode, the place where I am born and raised! A town in the south of the Netherlands, close to Eindhoven. I really love my town, it is cozy and there are lot of events always going on!

Where can visitors find the best beach?
I think Scheveningen beach is pretty great! Nice atmosphere, but also really busy though.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Most visitors will probably choose Amsterdam, but there are many more beautiful cities like Utrecht or Den Bosch (close to the town where I am from!)

COUNTRY​

In one word or sentence, how do you describe your country?
Open, accepting and very ‘gezellig’ country!

How many days at least should a visitor spend in your country?
For only Amsterdam I think 3 days, but if you want to see more, you can easily spend a week!

When is the best time to visit?
Definitely summer! Winter is just boring and cold in the Netherlands, and summer gives you the best chance on good weather.

Can you give an interesting trivia about your country? 
Did you know that half of the Netherlands lies beneath sea level? Really crazy if you think about it. The lowest point is at Nieuwkerk aan den IJssel at -6,76 meters.

What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché? 
One cliché is that we do everything by bike and yes, this is totally true! At home I go everywhere on my bike and when I was young I always went to high school on bike, which was 15 km one way! They also say that there are more bikes that people in the Netherlands and I definitely think that is true. Only at my home we have almost 2 bikes per person haha!

TRAVEL

Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes, with my boyfriend I travel all over the world trip. Currently on our second world trip and in New Zealand. To be honest, we love a lot of places! But Curacao is the island we probably could go live!

What’s your best travel story?
Roadtrippin’ around the United States, Australia and currently New Zealand are probably one of our best travel experiences! Here in New Zealand we even built our own campervan!

Why do you love traveling? 
We definitely love experiencing local culture. That’s why we’re pretty slow travellers and take our time in a country, because we really want to see and experience everything!

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