|US $1 = 1.4 Euros
Well, after a couple years hanging around Colombia and visiting my folks in LA regularly, I finally did some more traveling. My buddy Marloes has visited me a couple times in Medellin, and she invited me to come see her in Holland. Turns out the country is called The Netherlands, and one section is Holland.
Marloes was a great host, and as you can see from the photos, she showed me all around her country. We even spent a day in Antwerp, Belgium.
One cool thing about The Netherlands is that about a third of the country is re-claimed from the sea. There is an extensive and sophisticated system of dams and canals that create much of the land where people live.
Marloes lives in a small town called Leimuiden about 30 minutes from Holland. It was great to get away from the big city of Amsterdam and see how real Dutch people live. Apparently they spend their time riding bikes and playing twister! (See photos)
Another great benefit of our high-tech world was that I posted a message on Facebook when I arrived at Marloes' house saying I was in Holland. The same night my cousin Julia Palleschi from San Francisco wrote back saying that she had moved to Amsterdam! I was able to see her twice during this trip.