Tag Archives: Netherlands

12 of My Favorite Activities in Rotterdam – A Better City Than Amsterdam

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

Most tourists flock to Amsterdam when they go to the Netherlands. If only they knew how many great activities there are in Rotterdam. Since my first visit to Rotterdam with Traverse earlier this year, I’ve returned four times, and I’d love to actually live there for a few months someday. Amsterdam might have a red light district, Anne Frank’s House …

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Hostel ROOM: The Best Place to Stay in Rotterdam for a Weekend Break

Hostel ROOM Common Room

When I was first looking for where to stay in Rotterdam, I ended up Couchsurfing. Then I found Hostel ROOM. After nearly four years on the road traveling the world, I have very few reservations about staying in a hostel. Others aren’t always as open to the idea of these shared accommodations. For those, Hostel ROOM is the perfect place …

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Exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kinderdijk

Selfie at Kinderdijk

I didn’t even know about UNESCO World Heritage Sites before I started traveling. Now I want to see them all. Kinderdijk is the first of seven that I visited in the Netherlands, and I hear it’s the most beautiful. From what I saw, I can understand why. Kinderdijk is a collection of windmills set up outside Rotterdam to help pump …

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Getting Back to My Family Roots in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

My grandfather’s autobiography starts off with the lines: “Rotterdam, Friday, May 10 1940. Suddenly I was awake. It sounded like a series of explosions not far away. Or it could be defense exercises of the Dutch Army, I thought.” I’m a first-generation American on my dad’s side and second on my mother’s side. Her parents were both born in the …

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Is Dutch Chocolate Better Than Belgian Chocolate?

Chocolate Belgian Waffle at Chocolate Company

I love chocolate, but I didn’t really experience truly amazing chocolate until I came to Europe. I try not to indulge too much. On the other hand, when I get invited to a Dutch chocolate tasting, I indulge away! Belgian vs Dutch Chocolate I’ll never forget the day I gave myself a self-guided tour of the chocolatiers in Brussels and …

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