The worst question ever

We all have been in the situation where people from your home country are visiting you abroad and ask you the worst question ever – “Can you please advise me where to go”, and when they add “I do not want to go to a touristic place, but to something special”, you start panicking and thinking that you have absolutely no clue. In this article I’ll try to help you with this struggle. After reading this article you should be able to answer this question from your visitors.

Quick note: I’m keen on fancy places, creativity and art, if you do not share the same interests, this article might not be that useful for you.

I’ll start with a short review of the touristic hotspots in Amsterdam (in my opinion of course). I had a lot of guests during the first two terms here at ONCAMPUS Amsterdam, so I have visited the majority of the hotspots already. Be ready for a long list!

  • Van Gogh museum – I would definitely recommend to go here. The museum is quite small and looking at the paintings from really close by is an exciting experience. You won’t have to suffer from wondering through endless rooms with the same paintings on every wall, which is in my opinion a good thing! The unique thing about this museum is that you can observe the development of Vincent van Gogh’s madness when visiting the museum. The exposition starts with his earliest works and finishes with his very last one.
  • Rijksmuseum – I would not recommend going here, if you already have visited the same kind of museums before. This museum is really similar to other museum which exhibit masterpieces from famous painters. You won’t find anything new here. If you have not visit such a museum before the Rijksmuseum is a nice place to go to.
  • Madame Tussauds – If you have the time this is a cool place to visit . It’s cool and impressive. Nevertheless it wouldn’t be my first choice, if I need to pick my favourite spot in Amsterdam.
  • NEMO – NEMO is a nice place to visit with families and kids who are between 6 and 14 years old. For children who are a bit older or adolescents it might be a bit boring.
  • The Amsterdam Dungeon – I had a lot of fun when visiting the Amsterdam Dungeon. The live performance was interesting, intense and sometimes even a bit scary. Although it was fun I do think it doesn’t really represent Amsterdam.

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Next to the touristic hotspots there are a lot of other places that you can visit. Here are the places that I would recommend to go to when being in Amsterdam:

  • MOCO museum – MOCO museum is located on Museum square, just as Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. The museum is much smaller and more private than the other museums located on this square. You will need around 40 minutes to have a look around. The museum renews it exposition every now and then. Banksy is permanently exhibited here and in the past pieces from Andy Warhol and Salvatore Dali were exhibited. If you like this kind of art, MOCO is definitely a nice place to go to.
  • A’DAM Tower and Eye-museum – These are my favourite places. The A’DAM tower is the best place to sit in the sun, chill and watch Amsterdam from above. In the Eye Museum next to the A’DAM Tower you can learn a lot about movies. There is an informative movie that you can watch and more interactive things that you can participate in. In Eye you will also find a café with an incredible view over the river Ij. Even the building of the Eye museum is very unusual and interesting to see.
  • A walk through the city – I think a walk through the city is the best way to discover Amsterdam. A nice route for you might be: Central station – The Dam- Rembrandt square – Amstel river – Museum square – Jordaan neighbourhood. When taking this route you will see all the Amsterdam Highlights and activities or restaurants will always be close by. In my opinion the Jordaan neighbourhood is the nicest places to go to. Here you will find the most beautiful buildings and surroundings. You can really feel that you are in the heart of Amsterdam.

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Next to all these tips from me, there also some websites and applications that might be able to help you out;

  • If you would like to look up some nice restaurants or other places where you can buy food the app Foodguide might help you. They also have an inspiring and convenient Instagram page. Other than that you can use TripAdvisor, but I am not really a big fan of this.
  • IAMSTERDAM is a really good website if you want to know anything about Amsterdam as well. This website will tell you everything about things going on in Amsterdam, staying in the Netherlands and Dutch culture. You can find the website here.
  • In my opinion Facebook is your best friend when staying in Amsterdam. It knows your preferences and shows you what you like. I think when the weather is okay the best thing to go to in Amsterdam is a festival. You can find all different kind of festivals on Facebook. At a festival you will feel really welcome and you can try a lot of new things. And most of the time these festivals could be visited for free. I am happy to live in Amsterdam, where a lot of festivals and events are organized every month and it won’t be a problem to find one.

By Ivanna Slipets, Student Representative 

 I hope this article is informative and may help to you to make a decision on where to go to in Amsterdam, or answer the questions from your annoying visitors. I’m working on finding more sources for interesting events myself, but if you know something interesting share it with me!

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Coming to Study at the University of Amsterdam? Here’s What to Expect.

What is it like study at the University of Amsterdam? From friendly locals to amazing nightlife and tourist attractions, find out what is waiting for you.

With its scenic canals and historic architecture, Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The capital of the Netherlands, located in the northwest of the country, it has long been one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, with millions of people arriving every year to experience its rich culture and friendly atmosphere.

For international students, Amsterdam is also becoming increasingly attractive as a study destination. The city boasts a number of top universities, with many offering a wide range of programmes in English, and tuition fees are relatively low compared with other English-speaking countries.

It’s also a great place to live, and was ranked as the 11th best city in the world in Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey in 2016.

Read on to find out more about what Amsterdam could have in store for you.

Study at the University of Amsterdam for a World Class Education

The Dutch education system is one the best in Europe, and the country is home to a number of top institutions. The University of Amsterdam, for instance, was in the top 100 of both the QS and Times Higher Education world university rankings in 2016.

The Netherlands was also the first country on the European continent to offer university study programmes in English, and the variety of English-speaking programmes on offer continues to grow. Pathway programme students who go on to study at the University of Amsterdam can choose from four different English- taught degrees.

Amsterdam is One of Europe’s Most International Cities

Amsterdam is one of the most multicultural cities in Europe, and is home to over 180 different nationalities, so you are sure to have plenty of opportunity to meet people from all sorts of different backgrounds. Locals have a reputation of being very open-minded and friendly too, so you can expect a warm welcome!

Local people in Amsterdam are very friendly and welcoming

In addition, even though the first language is Dutch, over 80% of people in Amsterdam are fluent in English and the language is widely spoken throughout the city, and many locals even speak two or three different languages. This makes it an ideal city to improve your language skills.

Students in University Foundation Programmes in Amsterdam Will Find Plenty to Do

When you get a break from your studies, you will find plenty of different ways to spend your time off. Even though it is a small city with a population of just 750,000, Amsterdam has all the attractions of a larger city. It is famous for its nightlife, with lots of great bars, clubs, and cafes for students to socialise.

There are also a number of unique events and festivals held all year round, as well as several great museums and art galleries to discover, including the famous Van Gogh museum, where you can view some of the legendary Dutch artist’s most famous work.

Students can visit great attractions like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Students enrolled in university foundation programmes in Amsterdam should also check out Amsterdam’s famous markets, such as Waterlooplein and Albert Cuyp, where they can pick up clothes, furniture, and much more at bargain prices. There are a number of great outdoor spaces to explore too, including the city’s famous canals, which are perfect for a stroll or bike ride at any time of day.

Are you looking to meet the entry requirements for the University of Amsterdam?

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Amsterdam: a very popular student city, but why?

As I am writing this the month March has just begun. At the end of this month spring will start, which means that there will be more light, sun and flowers. I love it! It is not only the start of spring for us here at ONCAMPUS; it is also the start of the application process for the September intake, which is always very exciting! Every year we are curious as to what our students will look like where they’re from and what their story is. It is also always really exciting to see how many students will join us.

You might be one of the students that has applied for our programme or would like to apply for our programme but you are still in doubt. With this article I would like to help you with making that decision and tell you why Amsterdam is a good choice. Hopefully this will help you out, so that we can welcome you in September!

Amsterdam is a multicultural city

Amsterdam’s population is one of the most diverse populations in Europe. In Amsterdam you can find people from around 180 nationalities and around 45 per cent of the population is an ethnic minority. It is even expected that within the next 10 years, half of the population will have been born abroad or will have parents or grandparents who were born abroad. Living in such a multicultural city has a lot of advantages in my opinion. An example is that due to this multiculturalism almost everyone in Amsterdam speaks English very well. This makes it easy for you as an international student to get around the city and communicate or get in contact with locals and other expats very easily. People in Amsterdam are also very open minded. I think this might be due to the multicultural vibe in the city as well. Often people are interested in your culture and the country that you have been living in or the travelling that you have done. The people in Amsterdam are open to other opinions, norms and values and will accept you just the way you are. Finally, due to the diverse population a lot of nice restaurants, shops and religious centres opened up in Amsterdam.  This means that you do not have to miss your food or products that you normally buy at home, you can find it all in Amsterdam and even try some new ones if you are interested!

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Amsterdam has an interesting labour market

From the early ages the Netherlands has been well-known for its trading culture. And even until this day this is very important for our country. Due to the importance of trading and the location of the Netherlands in comparison to the rest of Europe a lot of big companies are located in the Netherlands. Some of them even have their headquarters located in Amsterdam, such as L’Oréal, Nike and KLM. Location is not the only reason why big companies set up their offices in the Netherlands. They also appreciate the Dutch working environment which is very open, multicultural and business –oriented and the stable economy of the Netherlands. The multicultural, stable and interesting labour market in the Netherlands and Amsterdam can lead to some interesting opportunities for you as an international student. You might for example be able to do an internship at one of the big multinationals or conduct a research for them. This will be a great addition to your CV!

Amsterdam is centrally located in Europe

Amsterdam is very centrally located in Europe, which makes it easy to travel to the UK or mainland Europe. Amsterdam is a good starting point if you would like to explore Europe during the breaks that you have in between terms.  From here it is only 3 hours to London, 5 hours to Paris and 6 hours to Berlin. Since Amsterdam is so centrally located it also means that it is easy for friends or family to visit you and see where you live. Tourists are also coming here a lot, which allows you to be in contact with people from other cultures on a daily basis and will broaden your view on other cultures and the world.

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Amsterdam offers high quality education

Higher education in Holland has a worldwide reputation for its high quality. Dutch educational institutions score highly in the rankings. Twelve Dutch research universities are among the top 200 universities in the world and thirteen are among the best in Europe. This shows that the academic quality of Dutch institutions is well recognised. Studying in the Netherlands does not only look good on your CV, but will also help you to develop skills that could be very useful in your further studies or your future job. You will for example learn how to give a presentation, how to lead a debate, how to conduct research and how to write an essay and you will be taught by teachers who have a high reputation in the field that you are studying in. Furthermore the Netherlands has a very open educational climate. There is not much of a hierarchy between teachers and students. You can easily ask the teacher questions and they will be more than happy to help you. This will help you to understand the content that you need to learn even better and will help you to develop even more. On the other hand teachers in the Netherlands also expect you to study hard and put in the effort. As a student in the Netherlands you need to be independent and work hard, but this will lead to great results!

By Kayleigh Vedder, Administrative Assistant at ONCAMPUS Amsterdam

I hope this article has helped you decide if you would like to study in Amsterdam. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

What it feels like to live in Kraanspoor

It is late in the evening; I am hearing some small noises of a party going on in another room in the background and in front of me I see that the extraordinary headquarter of HEMA has already disappeared into darkness. I’m sitting in front of my large window writing something for you about Kraanspoor, where I have been living for the past couple of months now.

FACILITIES

Kraanspoor is newly build accommodation owned by DUWO with 380 single studios available. Every 40 of them are divided into a separate area, which you can only enter with a personal card. This makes Kraanspoor a very safe place to live. Next to that every student has its own bike shelf and mailbox. There is even a laundry room, where you can use the washing and drying machine for 2 euros per use.  If you want to read more about Kraanspoor, please have a look at the DUWO website as well.

LOCATION

Kraanspoor is located in the North of Amsterdam, next to HEMA’s headquarters. To travel between here and Central Station you will need to take a ferry, which is free of charge. The ferry will head off to Central Station every 15 or 30 minutes, so make sure to leave 10 minutes before. I have to say that catching the ferry has been the biggest challenge for me so far. However, I am now trying to see this 5 minute morning run as my new fitness routine.  If you do not run fast enough to catch the ferry there is also the option of taking the 391 Bus at the back of the Kraanspoor building. This bus ride will cost you 1.91 euros. However, to be honest, it will not be any faster than waiting for the next ferry to arrive.  When arriving by ferry at Central Station you will need to take a metro to the UvA Roeterseilandcampus. This will cost you around 1.25 euros for a single journey. If you are travelling a lot, buying a personal OV card and a central area contract might be cheaper. This contract will cost around 50 euros per month and can be bought at the GVB.

All in all the entire journey from Kraanspoor to UvA Roeterseilandcampus will take you about 35 minutes. Kraanspoor is located closely to Central Station and lot cheaper than most places in the city centre. Therefore I think it is a good place to live.

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LEISURE TIME

Most of my social activities take place on the other side of the river Ij. I normally do my groceries, go out for dinner or have a drink at or near the city centre. But also at Kraanspoor you do not have to be bored. You can easily do something fun with your neighbours or get some fresh air at the outdoor platform on the second floor of this building. As for shopping, the closest shop to Kraanspoor is the HEMA store, which is open until 6.30pm, 6 days a week. HEMA is not the cheapest shop, however it is handy to have a shop nearby where you can buy something that you urgently need. If you go up North you will also find an Albert Heijn. At the Albert Heijn you can do groceries, but also pick up parcels.  You can bike to the Albert Heijn within 10 minutes. The scenery along this route is stunning. You will have ride along tall trees and beautiful houses with warm lights, as if you are cycling in Northern Europe.

Despite the fact that living in Amsterdam North is inconvenient sometimes, I felled in love with the place that I am living at, at the moment. Travelling back home with the ferry every day and being at Kraanspoor always inspires me a lot due to the extraordinary scenery that I happen to see every day. Furthermore travelling a bit further also leads to bonding and meeting with interesting people. We met quite a lot of Dutch people on the ferry, who learned us more about the Netherlands, the Dutch culture and the people here. We also met some tourists with whom we talked about travelling and being abroad. There is never a dull moment on the ferry! Even on Valentine’s days there was a guy on the ferry handing out roses to everyone. This made me feel happy and energetic for the whole day!

This is what Kraanspoor is like in my opinion, I would like to recommend you to stay here since I have such a nice time staying here at the moment.

By Zeya Wei (one of the student reps.)

I hope you enjoyed reading it, please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

5 tips to prepare for an exam

Exams in a week, but you haven’t started preparing yet? Your friends want to go out with you because a new movie is on at the cinema and your bed just doesn’t want to let you go during the weekends? If your answer is ‘Yes’, then rest assured, you are not alone.

Sometimes (if not usually) it is so difficult to get started, to make yourself do homework or prepare for an exam. However, the key is to focus on our incentives. If one really wants to get an A in the exam, the only person who can help you is YOU.

Okay, I am not here to teach you how to live, only to offer you some tips which, I hope, will help you prepare for the coming finals. Here they are:

1. Flashcards

I am pretty sure you’ve heard of them before, but if not: flashcards are cards with the primary function of helping you to memorise definitions. All you need is some paper and a pen. On one side, write the term, and on the other side, its meaning. Then, while studying, look at the term and try to recall what it means. There is also a Flashcards app called Quizlet (for both IOS and Android).

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2. Get things organised

Once you have everything organised and scheduled, you suddenly realise you have so much more time, because you don’t have to waste time on things that are not of immediate priority. You can either use a diary or your phone, but do not become too preoccupied with finding different apps for this. After all, the aim is to save time and not waste it. Here are two apps to create timetables for IOS and Android.

3. Put your phone away

Yeah, I know. It will be difficult as friends will always be texting you and it’s difficult to ignore them as they send funny snaps and share hilarious pics, but turn the phone off. Nothing catastrophic will happen if you don’t use it for a small period of time.

4. Don’t forget to allow yourself breaks from studying

This doesn’t mean that you should immediately check your Facebook or watch a video on YouTube during the break. Instead, try going outside for a minute, resting your head on your bed, or even sleeping for 20 minutes. It is a scientifically proven fact that a short nap in the afternoon can help you to get over sleepiness.

 
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5. Highlight you work

Highlight sentences, but — there is always a ‘but’ — I don’t mean colour your book in all different shades of highlighter; simply underline key ideas with a pencil. Colourful highlighters just distract you from the main ideas.

Finally, work smarter, not harder. And good luck to us!

By Viktoriia Akhankova 

What is your best study tip? Please share it with your fellow students!

Accidental Thoughts

I am constantly inches away from death. We all are.

It is astounding how an incident can be so fleeting, yet put things into perspective so easily.

We do not even fully comprehend how lucky we are when a bike or vespa or car narrowly misses us. We do not come to terms with the fact that it could have been fatal nor do we stop and appreciate walking away without a scratch.

One night, I was biking back from class and got into an accident. The mix of traffic and cyclists and tourists in Amsterdam is chaotic enough in the daytime, but gets even worse after the sun goes down. Worst of all are the tourists, especially the ones who forget that the red bike lane should never be set foot on.

One of these unsuspecting tourists was the victim of my accident. Luckily, I was cycling slowly and I was fully aware of the tourist, so although I fell off my bike and walked away with a bruised knee, the tourist was perfectly fine. After exchanging a few friendly words we both walked our separate ways. Although it was a very minor accident, it did have a strong impact on me.

 
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It made me realise how everything we are and everything we know can be gone in the blink of an eye. I realised how much we take for granted every single day, and how many times I hear myself say: “I’ll just do it tomorrow,” when tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. My minor accident could easily have been not-so-minor, if I was biking only a little faster, or if I’d hit a child, or, or, or. The possibilities are endless.

Why should we postpone life when today is the only thing we have for certain?

Do your homework. Read that book. Ask that person out. Treat yourself to Mexican food.

Live.

By Nafisa Lestariputri Tschannen

Did you have an eye opening experience since you arrived in Amsterdam?

Living on another planet

Hey, guys!

My name is Ivanna and I’m studying at ONCAMPUS Amsterdam. I’m a member of the student representative team. Our goal is to help you in all issues that may appear, and I think I found one. As you might know we can arrange university accommodation via ONCAMPUS Amsterdam for our foundation year. However we can only stay at this kind of accommodation for one year. After one year all the ONCAMPUS students have to search for another place of living. So, my topic for today is for those, who are looking for accommodation for the first year or any other years of studying to come.

I live in Diemen and want to tell you about this town. Most of the former students of ONCAMPUS Amsterdam believe that Diemen is a place on another planet compared to Amsterdam, which I think is kind of true!

Diemen is a town with a population of 26,148 people. It is located in the south of the province North Holland, southeast of Amsterdam, and within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. I think Diemen is the most beautiful and the most secure place to live in (especially if you are a 40-year-old well-established man with a wife and 3 kids). You can find everything in Diemen. For example a big shopping mall with all kinds of Dutch shops, such as HEMA, Blokker, Action, Albert Heijn, Etos. These shops are open 7 days a week and until the late evening, which makes life much easier. You can also find a fire station in Diemen, which is located 200 metres from my dormitory and might be handy for those of you who are still struggling with cooking. For students, who enjoy working out, there is also a nice gym just around the corner of my dormitory and a big sport centre with free football courts close to it. Unfortunately Diemen doesn’t have any places to go out, but I think I saw Domino’s Pizza hidden between some houses as well…

The very best thing of living in Diemen is not all the facilities close to my dormitory, but the view from my window. I absolutely love it! I live on the 9th floor and have never been any happier about heights. From my window I can see the best sunsets ever. Therefore I would like to recommend everyone who is going to live here, to book the highest floor that you can find.

                        

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You can go to Diemen by taking the Tram 9 in Amsterdam, which will take you along a perfect route (Central-Rembrandt-University-Diemen). During night you can take the 757 night bus. From the university it’s approximately 20 minutes to Diemen, which is not bad at all!

Of course you can also use your bike to travel between Diemen and the University. Within 25 minutes you can bike from Diemen to the University and enjoy some nice music and the silence of almost no one around. I have a lot of fun riding my bike every morning and watching 2 lamas playing around. Next to the lama’s I also see some ponies, donkeys and chickens on my way to school. It’s almost like I am living in the countryside!

Next to all the advantages of living in Diemen there are also some disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is that it’s far away from the city centre. As a result you need to use your bike or the tram every time you leave your room.

In sum, I am happy to say that Diemen is a very beautiful place. If you are an extrovert, I would not recommend Diemen, but if you enjoy living alone and don’t like too much disruption, this the best place ever!

By Ivanna Slipets

 I hope you enjoyed reading this article, we will write some more articles about other student accommodation soon.

Stroopwafles!

The moment the plane began to glide down through the clouds, I knew I had arrived in the Netherlands. I carried two large suitcases by myself, and had to transfer three times on the subway. Then I realized: I got lost in the city.

It had become dark when I finally arrived at The Student Hotel. After having travelled for such a long time, loneliness and fear overwhelmed me. I really missed my family, especially my mom.

When I entered, a sweet receptionist greeted me, and gave me a piece of biscuit. It was really sweet and it got rid of all the lonely and helpless feelings I had. While eating it, I felt like being surrounded by hot chocolate and marshmallows. This feeling made me feel very warm and happy.

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I found out that these biscuits are called “Stroopwafels”. In the afternoon, a cup of coffee with a Stroopwafel is a common combination. Put the stroopwafel on top of the cup, so that the syrup of the stroopwafel starts to melt. The taste is absolutely delicious. The helpful and kind receptionist and the tasty biscuits made me fall in love with this city.

This is my story about the delicious Stroopwafels of Amsterdam. If you want to try a Stroopwafel yourself, you can buy one in the bakery next to the M-building or in the AH. Don’t worry about the calories; you should be filled with this feeling of happiness it gives you! What are you waiting for? Let’s enjoy this delicacy right now!

By Ruikun Zhu

Did you already try Dutch food or sweets? Did you like it? Comment below. 

The Culture Shock

Which word is usually associated with Amsterdam? Definitely, freedom. Before arriving here, I was thinking that this “freedom” was about legalized drugs, prostitution and the allowance of gay marriages. I thought that the atmosphere of the city could be felt only in various coffee shops or in the Red Light District. I was absolutely influenced by a number of stereotypes. However, after my first days at the university, after speaking with students and teachers, after spending time on the streets and not as a part of a tourist crowd, I have understood that Amsterdam is about freedom of thinking, open-mindedness and of self-expression.

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During our first lessons, we were told that having an opinion which differs from teacher’s is OK, that asking questions is good, and that calling teachers by their first names is a common practice. After strict subordination in Ukraine this really shocked me. On the streets, I understood how closed-minded I had been before arriving here. Black or green lipstick during the day? It’s OK. Leather clothes on adult people? It’s OK .Wearing a short skirt if you don’t look like Adriana Lima? It’s OK. In Amsterdam no one will condemn you.

Another personal shock for me was the lecture about “Game of Thrones”. In my homeland I couldn’t even imagine that professors from a high-ranked university would talk about such a topic. In Amsterdam people are not afraid of making the process of education fun and enjoyable. It is one of the most pleasant things in the Netherlands. To conclude, I want to say that Amsterdam is a city with the best atmosphere and people I have ever seen.

By Valeriia Gushcha

Have you encountered a culture shock yourself? Please share your experiences!

A respite from the hustle and bustle

Ever since coming to Amsterdam, I’ve heard about the various nerve-wracking bike incidents that both my friends as well as locals have encountered. The narrow yet crowded bicycle paths, the hordes of tourists walking across roads and the out-of-the-blue scooter or tram that whizzes past you — that didn’t make cycling here seem so enjoyable. Hmm… but wait, why not take a short escapade to the beautiful Dutch countryside surrounding Amsterdam where you can have a leisurely cycle alongside colorful charming villages?

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In my first weekend here, I took some time off and joined We Bike Amsterdam for a 4 hours bike tour in the idyllic Dutch countryside surrounding Amsterdam. We first took the Buiksloterweg ferry across the IJ River and started our tour from there. Fortunately for me, the sun was shining, the winds were gentle and he weather on that day was beautiful. Once we departed from the ferry, we cycled past traditional Dutch houses and within minutes, we were greeted with a scenic view of green pastures filled with cows, picturesque villages and winding lakes.

Along the way, my guide, Philip, took several pit stops where he explained the history behind several buildings and houses. A memorable pit stop for me was understanding the history of a church tower in a town that was mainly protestant. Not only was I intrigued by the heritage of the different places, but it also gave me an interesting insight into the unique culture of the Netherlands. Not to mention, the refreshing sea breeze and the flat cycling route made the journey much more comfortable and relaxing, even especially for an amateur cyclist like me. I revelled in the peace and quiet of the countryside while enjoying the rustic landscapes around me.

Het Schoolhuis in Holysloot

Of course, I can’t leave out details about the delicious apple pie that we had at one of our pit stops in the village of Holysloot. Serving warm and lovely pies, the eatery Het Schoolhuis (The Schoolhouse) is not to be missed. This place has a wonderful outdoor seating for customers to enjoy their meals in the comfort of a gezellig atmosphere. Truly lekker!

No doubt, the tour gave me a glimpse of the Dutch lifestyle while allowing me to immerse in nature. Definitely a great experience to unwind and destress!

Now, who said cycling in Amsterdam has to be stressful?

by Ke En Rachel Lum

When do you plan to explore the countryside surrounding Amsterdam?