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From Dalfsen to Ommen: A Day in the Overijsselse Vecht Valley

Vecht river with grassy banks on either side, and two flags in front of a small wooden shed on the right bank

Look, I know I talk a lot of shit about living out here in the Dutch countryside — but there are some definite upsides.

For starters, there are places like this: the valley along the Overijsselse Vecht river (an area called the “Vechtdal” in Dutch). The Vecht river valley spans more than 200 kilometers across the Netherlands and Germany; and while I can’t speak to the German side yet, I can tell you the Dutch one is filled with wide green meadows, small secluded forests, old-fashioned windmills, tucked-away castles, cute cosy hamlets, and much more. CONTINUE READING

15 Things That Happen When You Live in a Small Dutch Town

Being a foreigner in this part of the Netherlands means that, every time I come across something new or unusual for me, I can’t just label it a “Dutch thing” or a “small town thing.” Some are one, some the other, some are both. Some are probably neither, but it’s hard to be certain (I might write a blog largely devoted to existing in foreign countries, but I never *actually* claimed I was worldly). CONTINUE READING

Weekend in Valkenburg: Caves, Castles, and a Day Trip to Maastricht

Weekend in Valkenburg + Maastricht, Netherlands

Look: you could visit Maastricht the easy way — by which I mean, go to Maastricht and stay there in the city, like a chump your standard visitor.

Or you could take advantage of this opportunity to do something a little bit wild — by which I mean, choose instead to stay in the lively and atmospheric village of Valkenburg, only 10 minutes from Maastricht by train. (Note: your defintion of wild may or may not differ slightly from mine. Also, what happens in Valkenburg stays in Valkenburg, unless of course, you write about it on your blog later. Moving on.) CONTINUE READING

Provincie Overijssel: What to See and Do in the Eastern Netherlands

What to See and Do in Overijssel, Netherlands

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Overijssel, the Netherlands before.

Anyone?

Well, it’s a good thing I’m here.

Overijssel is a province in the east of the Netherlands, and it’s been my adopted home for the last two and half years. One of the reasons I started this blog was to share this region with the rest of the world; and it’s high time I gave a proper introduction. CONTINUE READING

Besides Amsterdam: Travelers Share Their Favorite Places to See in the Netherlands

Besides Amsterdam: Travelers Share Their Favorite Dutch Spots

Amsterdam: I’ve always known it’s the most popular Dutch city by far.

But until I moved to the Netherlands, I didn’t realize just how often it manages to eclipse the rest of the country. I live 1.5 hours away in a completely different province — but people hear “I live in the Netherlands” and they assume my kitchen window overlooks the Herengracht. (Because, yes: in addition to residing in Amsterdam, I’m also a millionare. Did I not mention that before?) CONTINUE READING