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Where in the World Is Peter Bender? The Netherlands

By Elevate

May 30, 2018

Culture

One of the more unique aspects of our travel is how much we’ve been able to fit into short periods of time. For this trip, we had the opportunity to fly into Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with our good friends to enjoy a short (but jam-packed) 24-hour trip. The main mission: see the tulips at the famous Keukenhof Gardens.

We landed around 7:30 a.m., went to the bag check to store our things, and hopped on a bus for the thirty-minute ride to the gardens. I had been excited to go, but didn’t have much of an understanding of the scale of the gardens until we arrived. I had been anticipating some large fields of flowers, but I didn’t expect the perfectly manicured beds of nearly eight million tulips that were spread throughout the expansive garden. The design was incredible, and when I thought we’d seen everything, it just kept going. By the time we had seen most of the gardens, three hours had flown by. The pictures don’t do it justice, but they’re the closest I can get to accurately depicting the experience. Keukenhof is open for fewer than two months every year — the amount of care and hard work that goes into creating the experience is incredible!

Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands.

Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands

Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands.

After the gardens and a quick trip back to the airport to grab our bags, we headed to Delft, a quintessential Dutch town situated to the southwest of Amsterdam. We spent the afternoon wandering the sidewalks next to the canalways, sipping espresso (go away, jet lag), and exploring the architecture.

The view from the top of the church, Nieuwe Kerk, Delft, Netherlands

The view from the top of the church, Nieuwe Kerk, Delft, Netherlands.

Those twenty-four hours went quickly, yet we felt like we were able to accomplish so much! It’s amazing what you see in such a short amount of time.

In next week’s post, I’ll share some of the highlights from a longer trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong. (And if you’re wondering why I’m writing about this, check out our President’s post about “Elevate Culture: Walking the Talk.”

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