Writing Prompt #41

“What is the best road trip or vacation you have ever taken? Who was there? Where did you go? What did you see along the way?”

I have several amazing travel memories, but my most recent ones, like the trip to PEI, Canada with my husband, have already been shared extensively on my blog, so I’m going to take you back further, to my trip to the Netherlands with my media class from university.

 

The Netherlands, or “NL,” is a beautiful country, with incredible scenery, modern innovations and transportation, and hard-working people who exercise frequently, usually riding their bicycles wherever they need to go.

Home of the famous windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, canals, and dykes to hold back the sea, this country is often known as Holland, but as we quickly learned, Holland is only a region in the Netherlands, not a name for the entire country.

We saw great variety, as we traveled from the small town of Barneveld by train to the big, famous/infamous city of Amsterdam. It was amazing to me how different parts of NL really are from one another, even though it’s a pretty small country.

One of my favorite experiences on the trip was getting to see the Corrie Ten Boom house in person, and stand in the official “Hiding Place,” detailed in the book by the same title, that saved the lives of several Jews during WWII. It was amazing to see what an incredible sacrifice was made by the Ten Boom family for the cause of truth and justice. We gained a new appreciation as we stood inside their home, which is now a museum.

I highly recommend a visit to the Netherlands, and plan to return one day.

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