Since I'm 1/2 Dutch via my Dad's side of the family, heading to The Netherlands always feel like coming home. It also helps that I still have family over there, which means I get to share with you a bit of the local Dutch experience.
If you're into cool attractions...
Obviously Amsterdam and those 'coffee shops' tend to be popular items on one's bucket list when visiting The Netherlands, but there's actually a lot more to the country than that. On my most recent trip, my family over there took me to a site called Madurodam. This is hands down one of the most unique attractions you will ever see, plus it's a great way to see the country if you don't have the time to actually see the whole country. What I mean by this is that Madurodam features numerous exact, tiny replicas of Dutch cities and sights. This place is so cool that even the replica for the airport has tiny planes moving around the miniature airport. As John Hammond of Jurassic Park would say, "Spare no expense." They also feature live shows highlighting the history of The Netherlands, as well it's influence on the establishment of New York City.
If you're into food and drinks...
I could go on for days about all my favorite Dutch foods, but the number one food you should experience is Herring. It's a popular fish in The Netherlands. For any first timers out there, I'd recommend a Herring sandwich. However, if you're the adventurous type, visit the local food market in Rotterdam and try some Herring by the tail. And yes, it's exactly as it sounds. For drinks, the local brand of beer is Heineken, so after having some by-the-tail Herring, wash it down with an ice cold Heineken at a local bar in downtown Rotterdam.
'Til next time!
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Jill Zwarensteyn is a writer, comedian, and television producer who has been featured on Amazon, truTV, The New York Times, Matador Network, BUST Magazine, Tiplr, ARTRPRNR Magazine, YourTango, Thought Catalog, GoMad Nomad, Mashable, The Daily Mail UK, the Cannes Film Festival, LaughFest, Women's Lifestyle Magazine, and the Funny Women Festival LA. For more info visit: http://www.jillzwarensteyn.weebly.com