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The Outsiders Posted by on Aug 26, 2010

The Outsiders are a band from Amsterdam under the leading role of Wally Tax. He started the band at the age of 12, in 1960. They mostly performed in Amsterdam, until they played at the concert of the Rolling Stone. The Outsiders played in the starting program of the second performance of the Rolling Stones…

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Dutch Bicycle Vocabulary Posted by on Aug 24, 2010

At some point while in the Netherlands your bicycle is going to break.  I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but it just happens.  Like the day that I had a job interview and ran over a piece of glass on Raadhuisstraat only to return to a completely flat tire.  In the…

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Preventing Your Dutch Bicycle from Being Stolen Posted by on Aug 23, 2010

Last month we talked about where you can buy a bicycle in the Netherlands and also described some of the many options and types of Dutch bicycles.  A rumor you may have heard is that bicycle theft runs rampant in this country.  That’s only a half-truth, but a truth nonetheless.  In any larger cities you…

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The Cheese Market of Alkmaar Posted by on Aug 19, 2010

Like almost everyone knows, the Dutch culture goes hand in hand with cheese. Especially the city of Alkmaar is famous for its cheese market. This market is still held every Friday from the 2nd of April until the 3rd of September, completely with the old fashion wardrobes, cheese carriers and special customs. Come and see!…

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Geef Mij Maar Amsterdam Posted by on Aug 18, 2010

There are a lot of songs about Amsterdam. It’s basically it’s own special genre here and you can still here these songs a lot in little bars. Especially in the Jordaan.  This particular song is a classic. Can you hear the Amsterdam accent? It’s really something… Geef mij maar Amsterdam Dat is mooier dan Parijs…

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Piet Mondriaan Posted by on Aug 17, 2010

I remember being on an excursion to a museum as a kid. Mondriaan’s (in other countries often known as “Mondrian”) work was hanging there and the famous: “I could have made that” sentence passed my neighbors lips. Even though I must have used those words myself one dark day in the past, this time it…

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What and Where to Eat in Amsterdam Posted by on Aug 16, 2010

Amsterdam is filled with places to eat. From cheap and fast Febo, a Dutch fast-food chain, to high-end fancy French restaurants, this city has it all.  In fact, there are at least 1000 restaurants here, so the possibilities are endless. But what is one to do when faced with 1000 options?  For some reason many…

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