The Netherlands
June 4 - 11, 2006  

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River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland.
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From Dublin, I went on to my next work assignment in the Netherlands. It has been a long time since I last visited the Netherlands.

Arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, I felt immediately welcomed by the warm Dutch Immigration (comparing to those at London Heathrow Airport). It took me no time to figure how to take the train from the airport to Amsterdam.

I then spent the afternoon at Amsterdam before I headed to Zeist (50km south of Amsterdam), where our office is located. Yes, Amsterdam is so beautiful. Especially, it was the opening week of World Cup Soccer, almost all souvenir shops were selling "Orange" stuff, shirts, hats, flags, and even bras and underwears. It created a very lively atmosphere.

I spent another day in Amsterdam before I started working at the Zeist Office. I didn't do much during the week in Zeist, as it is a small community with not much of any tourist attractions. But afterwards, I went back to Amsterdam to see the glamourious nightlife of this sin city. I also went to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, the windmill village in Kinderdijk.

Amsterdam (Day time)
4 - 5 June, 2006
Click to view I spent 2 days at Amsterdam walking through almost every corners in Centrum Area, visited the Sex Museum, Heineken Brewery Centre, rode a tricycle tour, visited a diamond factory, and more ...

Zeist, and Zandvoort
6 - 9 June, 2006
Click to view I enjoyed a week working in Zeist, a quiet and neat community. Saw the typical part of Dutch people's daily lives - always beers after work. I also visited a beach town, Zandvoort, 10km long sand beach along the northwestern coast of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam (Night time)
9 June, 2006
Click to view It was a different city at night. Pubs were jammed with drinkers. Red light district were packed with curious tourists. Canals were full of party boats. Awesome !

Kinderdijk, and Rotterdam and Back to Vancouver
10 - 11 Jun, 2006
Click to view One of the symbols of the Netherlands was Windmill. Kinderdijk, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a village east of Rotterdam, where nineteen 18th-century-built windmills were still standing (operatable).

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