• Divers,  Netherlands

    What changed in my life after six months living in the Netherlands

    It’s been six months since I left France for the Netherlands, so it’s time to make a little track record of my life here, and of what has changed compared to my life in France. It’s only been six months, and I feel like it’s been much longer. Indeed, in six months I had three different jobs, I met dozens of people and made new friends. I visited museums, went to festivals, visited several cities in the country, discovered a new way of life and a new culture, and I even learned the basis of Dutch. In fact, in six months, my life changed a lot compared to my life…

  • Divers,  Netherlands

    Along the Rotte

    It looks like spring is already on its way, so it’s time to enjoy this beautiful weather. So get on your bike or put your best walking shoes on and come with me for a nice ride/walk along the Rotte ! Start from Kralingse Plas and follow the Rottekade to admire these cute houses along the Rotte. We are just 20 minutes away from the center, but the city already looks so far way.                 Keep going, and it looks like you are in the countryside of the Netherlands. Fields, windmills, and most important, the silence.                 For a nice view on the skyline of Rotterdam, go to the Uitkijkpunt…

  • Non classé,  Travel Book

    The 10 pains of Hostel life

    While traveling, I mostly stayed in hostels, in dorms. There, I met amazing people and had really good times. I have been to wonderful hostels, cozy and clean, with super nice staff. But I have also been to a couple of really shitty hostels, where I met the worst of humanity. Here are the 10 worst things in hostels! 1) People snoring Okay, so let’s be honest, people snoring are my #1 people I hate when I am staying in a hostel. Seriously, if I hear someone snoring during the night, I can’t sleep at all. Earplugs are your best friends, but sometimes, people are so loud that you still…

  • Divers,  Netherlands

    International Film Festival Rotterdam

    Each year since 1972, Rotterdam home the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), one of the most famous film festival in Europe. It focuses on independent and experimental cinema by young talents, as well as recognized filmmakers. For more than 10 days (from January 23rd to February 3rd this year), you can watch long and short films, from fiction to documentary, in various theaters of the city, but also attend conferences and workshops. Here, no red carpet or couture dresses. The IFFR is committed to create a link between the filmmakers and the public and encourage the interactions. The program is consistent and very eclectic: nearly 500 films , more than…

  • Netherlands

    A day in Maastricht

    It’s been a little while that I wanted to visit Maastricht, but until then, the distance, and the transport time had prevented me to do it. Indeed, if you look at a map of the Netherlands, you will see that Maastricht is located in the south of the country, almost in an enclave, between Belgium and Germany. Here we are only 30km from Liège, and we hear people speaking French at every corner of the street. But finally, I absolutely do not regret to have waited, because visiting Maastricht for Christmas season is just magic! Christmas in Maastricht                 Maastricht is known for its Christmas market and indeed, if you…

  • Netherlands

    10 fun facts about the Netherlands

    Since I live in the Netherlands, I have discovered interesting things about the country, and sometimes surprising or strange habits. I am sure that you will learn at least 2 or 3 things that you did not know with this article, and that you will be able to bring up again on occasion, to shine in society!  1) In the Netherlands, they say that God created the Dutch people, but that the Dutch people created the Netherlands Indeed, more than 25% of Dutch territory is below sea level and almost 50% does not exceed 1 metre. If you are looking for mountains in the Netherlands, you’re wasting your time. The…

  • Netherlands

    Sinterklaas in the Netherlands

    In this Christmas season, I have to tell you about a typical Dutch tradition, which is St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas in Dutch (not to be confused with Santa Claus). Indeed, in the Netherlands, St. Nicholas is much more important than Christmas and Dutch people are very attached to it. Explanations, therefore, on the origins of this feast, its folklore and its celebrations. Who’s Sinterklaas? Originally, Saint Nicholas was a bishop born in the present-day Turkey at the end of the second century. Today he is considered the patron of children and schoolchildren (among others). He is portrayed as a nice old man with a long white beard and dressed in red…

  • Netherlands

    My 5 favorite bars in Rotterdam

    When I arrived in Rotterdam 3 months ago, I applied in many (MANY) cool restaurants and bars. So I now have a long list of places where we can have good food and drinks that I want to show you! So we start with my, totally subjective top 5, of the best bars in Rotterdam, tested and approved by myself and my friends on various occasions. Stalles Let’s start with my favorite bar, Stalles. It is located in my favorite neighborhood, close to all amenities (other bars, metro, ATM, coffee shops). Here, many regulars, who come to enjoy a beer or a whisky among their wide selection (174 whiskies and 105…

  • Netherlands

    Cycling in the Netherlands

    Ah, the Netherlands, its canals, its tulips and… its bikes! With 18 millions of bicycles for 16 millions inhabitants, the Netherlands is the world champion cycling, with more than 27% of the trips made by bike. Here most people have at least two bikes: one for everyday, often old, so it doesn’t get stolen, a race bike for the weekend, and even a third one for guests. With over 35 000 km of cycle paths, spread throughout the country, including in the countryside, the Netherlands are at the forefront of cycling and are beating all the records: the city of Utrecht is home to the world’s largest bicycle garage with…

  • Netherlands,  Travel Book

    A day in Rotterdam

    When we think about the Netherlands and the places that we could visit, Rotterdam is not really the city that comes to mind, unlike its rival Amsterdam, which is the perfect picturesque image of the Netherlands, with its canals and typical brick buildings. Rotterdam is very different from the other Dutch cities. Here you will not find the charm of the canals or small narrow streets. Indeed, the city was bombed by the German Air Force in 1940. Only a few buildings survived like the city hall or the Laurenskerk. After the war, rather than rebuilding identically, it was decided to build modern buildings, which resulted in all these buildings…