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De Stijl open air museum Leiden

It’s like the orange madness, only in primary colours.  It is in every city in the Netherlands. Everywhere. You can’t turn a corner without bumping into a red-white-blue and yellow & black decoration or object. It’s what happened to me. I was in Leiden for my regularly city walk. Walked through the city centre, into one of the historical streets. Turned the corner and there it was: a De Stijl open air museum Leiden.

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Foreign Roots of Dutch Culture

Holland’s Export Product: Culture

Great news! Dutch art and culture are top export products. I read it online, in an article on Dafne.com. It featured this beautiful image of Dutch DJ Laidback Luke and I have to admit this was one of the reasons why I actually read the full article. Looking at his picture I wondered: What would Laidback Luke tell about the Netherlands on his travels around the world? Would he mention his Manilan roots?

Holland: Start of Faraway Destination

Only 2% of the population in the Netherlands is actually a full 100% Dutch. The rest all has different ethnic, cultural backgrounds. That makes our small nation a beautiful melting pot with loads of things to discover. These discoveries you could use to start or end your journey to a faraway destination.

Off The Beaten Track with Social Media

Ok, let me explain. When I travel I more or less know what I want to see and do. From the very moment I have booked my plane ticket I start looking for places to eat, sights to see and things to do. I collect all my ideas on Tripcase or a similar trip planner. I love the ones which you can also use offline and have a good mapping system included.  But, with so many things on my travel list I also know  I have to make a selection.  I’m quite keen on going off the beaten track, exploring sites no tourist has heard of and love getting insiders tips. With the arrival of social media it has also become easier to meet people who were born there or lived there for a longer time.

The Foreign Roots of Holland

At the moment I meet these people the actual journey starts. They prepare me little snacks, serve me typical drinks, take me to the supermarkets for regional products and restaurants for local specialities. They guide me through The Hague and show me which characteristic architectural elements I have to be on the lookout for when I’m visiting their country.

The Dutch with the foreign roots and the expats in the Netherlands are proud of their backgrounds and will be happy to tell you about the country they or their ancestors came from. Seize the opportunity to get to know these strangers.  Are you travelling to an exotic destination or did you just come back from a holiday in Europe? Go on a cosmopolitan adventure with Verita’s Visit.  Discuss your travel plans or share your own travel experiences. See The Hague through foreign eyes on the multicultural cycle tours. Discover the foreign roots of Dutch culture in South Holland.

Check out my summer evening cycle tours featuring an afrobeat and an American president.

*Clip in the beginning is the part of the official video of  We’re forever  by Laidback Luke & Marc Benjamin*