Netherlands

I’ve Been Living in the Netherlands for Several Years, and Here’s What Life in the Country of Tulips Is All About

I’ve Been Living in the Netherlands for Several Years, and Here’s What Life in the Country of Tulips Is All About
Places
3 years ago

What do you associate the Netherlands with? Tulips, relaxing, and bicycles? Believe it or not, the Dutch have other outstanding customs and traditions, like hanging photos of their loved ones in restrooms, not washing their hands when they come home, and a straightforward way of carrying about their lives. Natalia Kooiman, a woman who has been living in this country for several years, spills on these and many other interesting Dutch customs in her blog.

20+ Facts About “Inspector Rex” That Won Our Hearts 30 Years Ago

20+ Facts About “Inspector Rex” That Won Our Hearts 30 Years Ago
Films
3 months ago

In 1994, the first season of the series Inspector Rex was released and immediately became very popular. The audience watched the adventures of the police officer and his dog with bated breath. They cried with emotion when the heroes came to each other’s rescue in dangerous situations, and laughed when they couldn’t share a hot dog. Our favorite TV show has turned 30 so we decided to tell you some interesting facts about it.

I’m 69 and My Wife Is 25, Family and Friends Have Turned Their Back on Us, but This Is a Real Love Story

I’m 69 and My Wife Is 25, Family and Friends Have Turned Their Back on Us, but This Is a Real Love Story
Relationships
7 months ago

“We get a lot of stares, because she is so young.” Joop Evers is 69, and he’s madly in love with his wife, Rona Evers, who’s 25. The couple has faced harsh criticism not only from society, but from their family and friends. Joop and Rona have taken to the Internet to tell their own story, and the reasoning behind their unconventional relationship proves true love doesn’t stick to numbers in a passport.

Watch Earth Change 100 Million Years in the Future

Watch Earth Change 100 Million Years in the Future
Curiosities
9 months ago

This. Is. Earth... 335 million years ago. I wasn’t around then, but there’s just one supercontinent, Pangaea. See? Let’s watch it shift around in fast-forward. Ok here we go, it just split into two huge pieces! Australia goes this way, North and South America go that way. Africa, Asia, Europe, forming, forming... and there we go, the planet as it is today. Let’s keep going, I mean, the continents are always on the move! Over time, some of them will crash into each other, others will break apart. But that’ll take about 100 million years! Better put it on super fast-forward! 100 years from now. Humans keep spitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and the planet’s already warmed up a bunch. The world’s ocean levels have risen about 4 feet. The Bahamas? They’ve totally disappeared! 200 years from now. The Earth’s population is about 19 billion people. The climate’s gotten even warmer, we’re packed in like sardines over here! New medical tech makes it possible to live to 180! But why? Fossil fuel reserves of oil and gas... long gone. Oh, and the continents have drifted over 16 feet!

10 Things That Are Considered ’Normal’ in Other Countries but May Seem Odd to Us

10 Things That Are Considered ’Normal’ in Other Countries but May Seem Odd to Us
Places
10 months ago

There are over 190 countries spread across the globe, and each of them has its own unique cultural code. Although stereotypes may familiarize us with certain cultural aspects, there are many facts that can only be truly grasped through firsthand experience in a new country. We prepared a compilation of intriguing facts from various countries around the world, bringing the knowledge to your fingertips.

You May Live in Mega Pyramid City of the Future

You May Live in Mega Pyramid City of the Future
Curiosities
5 months ago

The year is 2160. The place? The Pacific Ocean. Off the coast of Japan. The ocean seems calm. At least the surface does... The ocean floor is cracking right now. Boom! The Earth opens up, magma shoots out. The crack in the ocean floor triggers an earthquake and a massive amount of energy shoots into the ocean.

12 Curious Facts About Countries in the World You Probably Missed Out

12 Curious Facts About Countries in the World You Probably Missed Out
Places
11 months ago

It is often the case that when visiting a new country, people do not make an effort to learn about the local customs and way of life. However, this can be a mistake because things that are considered normal in our own culture may be viewed as unusual or even offensive in other countries. By gaining this knowledge, travelers can avoid awkward or humorous situations and make their trip smoother.

Life Afloat: 8 Ingenious Offshore Structures

Life Afloat: 8 Ingenious Offshore Structures
Curiosities
5 months ago

It’s safe to say humans do their share of attempting the impossible, right? I mean, we’ve landed on the Moon, built underground cities, and for some time now, we’ve been fascinated with building stuff on the water. Let’s take a look at some of these masterpieces, shall we?

This 500-Year-Old Village Looks Frozen in Time

This 500-Year-Old Village Looks Frozen in Time
Places
6 months ago

This hidden village is called Aogashima. It’s located right in the middle of a volcanic crater! You can find it to the south of Japan, in northernmost Micronesia. The story goes that a volcano erupted in the Philippine Sea in the 1780s, causing a lot of harm to a nearby community. Half of the population managed to escape the massive eruption and came back years later to rebuild their village. At the moment, about 160 people are living there peacefully, even though the volcano is still considered to be active.

8 Unique Traditions That Are Proudly Embraced by Women in Different Countries

8 Unique Traditions That Are Proudly Embraced by Women in Different Countries
Girls stuff
year ago

Traditions define who we are. Although many customs have perished as humanity has progressed, some survived and continue to exist today, and new ones have emerged. Blowing out candles on your birthday cake is one of the oldest traditions still practiced today, and the meaning behind it is that with every candle, we mark a new milestone in life. With that, we’ve found some exciting folklore that women practice worldwide.

What If We Made a Week 10 Days Instead of 7

What If We Made a Week 10 Days Instead of 7
Curiosities
9 months ago

So you come home after a long Friday at work and say to yourself, “Why can’t the weekend be any longer?!” You dread going to work on Monday. It’s only 2 days away, and you have so much to do! And then, as soon as you turn on the TV news, you hear the best announcement you could possibly imagine. The week has been extended to 10 days instead of 7! You start jumping for joy. You’re thinking about a long weekend you’re going to have. Enough time to relax and maybe get out of town and go to the countryside.

How Rules for Royal Families Vary in Different Countries

How Rules for Royal Families Vary in Different Countries
People
2 years ago

It is no secret that the life of a royal is not as sweet as fairytales have made it out to be. It is not just wearing beautiful gowns and a crown, but also following a strict set of rules and traditions that have existed for decades, if not centuries. There are currently 26 monarchies in the world, and each royal family has different rules and values.

17 Common Local Foods That Are Loved by Foreigners

17 Common Local Foods That Are Loved by Foreigners
Cooking
2 years ago

It seems like porridge, hot dogs, and pineapple have nothing in common. However, some foreigners believe that these foods are rare delicacies. By the way, for some people, caviar is something common that they eat every day while others are ready to pay thousands to try it.

20 Meals From Other Countries That Really Shocked Tourists

20 Meals From Other Countries That Really Shocked Tourists
Places
2 years ago

When we travel, we often find out that the meals we’re used to can be very different in other countries. Sometimes, the taste seems divine and very often we don’t even realize how something like could occur in someone’s mind. And still, some of these unusual combinations really work great together.

28 People Spilled About Culture Shocks That Made Them Feel Like They Were in a Whole Different World

28 People Spilled About Culture Shocks That Made Them Feel Like They Were in a Whole Different World
Places
3 years ago

Traveling to another country isn’t just about taking selfies in front of monuments and other touristy things. It’s not even just about getting used to different weather or hearing people speak a completely different language. Sometimes, things that seem normal for locals are so strange for foreigners, they might even ask themselves if they made it to the right place or if their plane landed on a completely different planet.

7 Reasons Why Lefties Are Truly One of a Kind

7 Reasons Why Lefties Are Truly One of a Kind
Curiosities
year ago

In ancient times, instinctively carrying out all activities with the left hand (such as eating, drawing, gesturing, waving, or even throwing a ball) was frowned upon, and could be considered strange or even evil. Fortunately, times have changed, and research has been conducted to discover what lies behind the predominant use of one side of our body, making this topic more and more interesting.

What Popular Winter Holiday Treats Look Like in Different Countries

What Popular Winter Holiday Treats Look Like in Different Countries
Curiosities
3 years ago

It is said that Germany started the tradition of celebrating Christmas with a tree. The most popular foods were vegetable stews and fish or meat delicacies. While some countries still follow similar traditions, others created their own special ways to celebrate this holiday. For example, some countries associate Christmas with purple rice cakes and others can’t have it without Brussels sprouts.

10 Unusual Things That Are Common in Other Countries

10 Unusual Things That Are Common in Other Countries
Places
3 years ago

When we travel to a new country, we rarely try to learn more about the local traditions and their way of life. And this is our mistake. Some things that we take for granted in our culture, may be considered unusual in other countries and vice versa. But having this knowledge will make your trip easier and help prevent different kinds of embarrassing and funny situations.

A Photographer Dedicates His Life to Capturing Squirrels and Becomes Their Best Friend

A Photographer Dedicates His Life to Capturing Squirrels and Becomes Their Best Friend
Photography
4 years ago

A photographer from both Sweden and the Netherlands specializes in taking photos of nature and he does it perfectly — his numerous awards confirm it! For the last several years, he has focused on red squirrels and even managed to befriend them. Though it might seem that some of his pics were Photoshopped, in fact, they were not. Geert Weggen, who has more than 60,000 followers on his Instagram page, creates funny, sweet and even whimsical photos with the help of his inquisitive squirrel friends.

Meet Storm, a Rapunzel of the Animal World That Can Make Any Girl Jealous

Meet Storm, a Rapunzel of the Animal World That Can Make Any Girl Jealous
Animals
4 years ago

Storm is a gorgeous Haflinger horse that lives in the Netherlands with her owner Naomi Beckers. The incredible blond mane of this animal makes people wonder if Storm is a real horse or if she’s stepped out from a fairy tale about Rapunzel. Naomi and Storm are sharing pics of them wearing similar curly blond hairstyles, and their photo shoots have already won the hearts of many horse lovers.

Some Countries Build Wildlife Crossings Over Highways, and They’re So Effective We Need Them Everywhere

Some Countries Build Wildlife Crossings Over Highways, and They’re So Effective We Need Them Everywhere
Animals
5 years ago

The idea of encountering a moose or a deer on the highway as you drive at high speed is scary, to say the least. The poor animal crossing the road would be even more terrified in this situation. Loud sounds and the movement of fast-approaching vehicles make them feel trapped and lead to their inadequate reactions. However, animals could be saved from such danger if we took the time to pay more attention to infrastructure.

The wonderful village without roads that you wish you never had to leave

The wonderful village without roads that you wish you never had to leave
Places
7 months ago

The village Giethoorn, in the Netherlands, is famous for its most unique feature — you won’t find any cars or buses, or indeed any kind of modern transportation here at all. This idyllic small town, once known as the ’Venice of the Netherlands’, has no roads, only canals. Thus travelling by boat is the main way to get around the village and the surrounding rustic area, with its unique atmosphere of silence, relaxation and comfort. Filled with peace, Giethoorn lives its own unhurried life.

Guy was really annoyed by all the garbage in his town. So this is what he did...

Guy was really annoyed by all the garbage in his town. So this is what he did...
People
7 months ago

Tommy Klein, from the Netherlands, loves to ride his bike. One time, he became disappointed by the state of the river bank in his town. No one seemed to have any intention of clearing up the huge amount of garbage that had piled up there. So he decided to deal with the problem on his own. Every morning he would get up thirty minutes early in order to go fill up one bag of waste. Tommy put up a few photos on Facebook and in turn, 180 people came to his aid.