An opportunity to work in Holland arose and I jumped all over it. I certainly don’t get many opportunities to travel to Europe let alone live in Europe for a few months. Let the adventures begin.
The weekend was filled with prepping for this trip and taking care of last minute things around the house. It was plenty busy but all in the life of this adventurer.
The trip started out with last minute packing since the flight was in the afternoon. I decided to meet up with a few good friends for coffee before my flight. A good surprise awaited: a birthday cake and coffee at our favorite spot: Roots Cafe.
Some back story about Roots Cafe: started back in 2020, Gina and McKenzie set to create a uniquely awesome little cafe in the granary district of SLC. They chose a cool building with a balcony near Fisher Brewery and Cookie. They have a nice menu of quality coffee and tea that is consistent and always served with great customer service.
The Delta flight from SLC Utah to Amsterdam Netherlands was a non-stop flight. This definitely made life easier. The flight was about 10 hours and went very smoothly.
Once we arrived in rainy Amsterdam, we took our rental cars and headed to our Airbnb that was about 2 hours away at the town De Westereen. This quite farm town is peaceful, as well as making a great location for this work trip.
After catching up on some much needed rest, we did do some exploring of the near by town of Leeuwarden. The town is the capital of Friesland and has quite a bit of historical significance.
Leeuwarden has a rich history dating back to the 8th century and has served as an important trading center and administrative hub for centuries. Leeuwarden was designated as the European Capital of Culture in 2018, together with Valletta, Malta. This prestigious title is awarded annually to cities with a vibrant cultural scene, promoting cultural exchanges and events throughout the year. The city features picturesque canals, historic buildings, and a charming city center. The Oldehove, a leaning tower, is one of Leeuwarden’s most recognizable landmarks. Leeuwarden is home to several higher education institutions, including NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences.