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It has always been illegal and people have been arrested for smoking it in the open. I always love the faces of the tourists being arrested at Schiphol airport or in front of the Central station in Amsterdam for smoking weed. It is a global misconception that in Amsterdam it is as free as smoking cigarettes on the street. The principle has always been, what ...


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I just found this gr8 (well, not very great) workaround. . Didn't try it yet, but looks like it may work.


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I had the same problem after arriving to the UK. There are two basic techniques: Plug the sink, pour the water and wash yourself in this water. I think this was how it was meant to be used when this system was first introduced years ago. You can mix it in any other container as well, depending on your needs. One potential downside to this method is that ...


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This is in fact a completely legitimate photo. It is from Baarle-Nassau where the borders get really funky. Indeed, the one house you are looking it is just one of many, though it is probably the most famous. The exact address is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau 5111, The Netherlands. In a situation similar to that along, say, the India-Bangledeshi border, ...


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The law making it illegal, for foreigners, DID come in, and still stands. However, due to all the controversy, it's changed now and is up to each city to decide how to apply it. As a result, "coffee shops are OPEN in Amsterdam". For a great read on the reasons behind the law, the effect, and the changes to the tourism industry as a result, have a read of ...


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The image is from the border between the Dutch municipality Baarle-Nassau and the Belgian municipality Baarle-Hertog. To be more exact, the address of the house is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands. If you don't want to go there, you can look it up on Google Streetview :) Although it is not that uncommon that towns or villages are split by country ...


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There is no such thing as a 'right to roam' (as you might find in Scandinavia) in the Netherlands and camping outside campsites on public ground is not allowed. Having said that, if you get permission from the landowner anything goes. Just ring the bell on the nearest house and ask, they might send you away, they might offer you their guest room or anything ...


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IIRC, you can see some flower fields from the “Oude Lijn” so from trains going between Haarlem and Leiden (which includes some but not all trains between Amsterdam and Rotterdam). The Keukenhof is a park devoted to tulips and other flowers. It's itself located in this tulip growing area (the Bollenstreek or “bulb region”) so if you don't mind the entrance ...


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I'm currently working in our Eindhoven office and can see the runway from here ;) Hitchhiking is unlikely to work; there's no decent location to get picked up near the airport. The A2 highway is close, yes, but there's no parking lot or something similar. Furthermore, you're not allowed to walk on the highway itself. You'd have to post on the on-ramp, but ...


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First off, I would use Skype, Google Voice (through GMail outside the US) or any other VOIP-like provider. They offer a tariff of ~2c/min and ~30c/min (mobile) for calling to Italian numbers. Obviously if the other person has Skype, you only pay for the internet connection. Your only problem then would be to get an affordable prepaid mobile data plan unless ...


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There is a direct train, and it is easy to find from the airport. You don't have to go outside. According to http://www.ns.nl/reisplanner-v2/index.shtml the one way trip will cost you €11.60. And you have two options per hour Travelling by taxi would be significantly more expensive if you take a taxi directly from the airport. I can't predict the exact ...


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If only need a "OV-chipkaart" for the train, you don't actually need one. can just order the train tickets online and print it at home on paper. If you need it for the busses, metro, and tram, you indeed need to charge it. Personally I have a OV-chipkaart which is connected to my train reduction card. For about 50 euros per year, you get 40% discount on ...


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The fastest way (41 min from station to station, half-hourly on weekdays) is the IC Direct (high-speed train), but you need to buy an additional ticket on top of your regular ticket (€16.80 = 14.50 + 2.30). The normal train connection (60–70 min, 2 trains per half-hour) would cost you less (€14.50). You can look up times and prices and buy tickets on the NS ...


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Yes, you can. You should be able to buy a card at the train station or the Albert Heijn supermarket on the airport. The Schiphol has a train station which functions just like any other train station, there is no special 'airport train' like you might find in other places. It's not even an end station, it has trains leaving in two directions. As you can see ...


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As of now it is not yet officially confirmed. Thus far mayor of Amsterdam has not allowed quarter-finals nor semi-finals, as matches with Dutch participation start at 22:00 (10pm) and can end as late as 01:00 (1am), which is too late according to Amsterdam's bureaucrats. So one thing for sure, you will not be able to watch the semi-final on the big screen ...


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The cheapest is probably hitch hiking. It's about 120km, and the A2 runs basically the whole way, but I've no idea how easy it would actually be to get picked up. The easiest is probably taking the train. During the day, there are 2 trains an hour from Eindhoven direct to Amsterdam Central, journey time of 1:20. The ticket costs €17.50 for a single in 2nd ...


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A plane is certainly not the answer, since the two airports (AMS and RTM) are only 45 km apart. I checked Kayak anyway; there are no nonstop flights. Air France will fly you AMS-RTM via London (LCY) for EUR 242 and it takes 3 hours including the layover. So that is neither faster nor cheaper than a train, not by a long shot!


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Hurtigruten is a passenger line that sails along the Norwegian coast, and the trip has been described as the "World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage." It costs from €641 for a 6-day voyage. The disadvantage of this is that you're stuck on a boat. Earlier this year, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation filmed 134 hours of Hurtigruta and showed it live. Your ...


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Yes, there are such a trains. The one and only model which doesn't have toilets is NS Sprinter Lighttrain They are replacing original Sprinters, which do have toilets. These are commuter trains, thus generally not intended for long distance travel. They do have some quite long routes (eg. Lelystad—The Hague), however for that kind of distances ...


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According to the online instructions (English or Dutch), you can only pay with iDeal, which is a system for online bank transactions in the Netherlands. From this, I conclude that it is not possible to pay with credit card (this is surprising to me) and thus not without a Dutch bank account. Additional info: online tickets are not cheaper in the ...


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It is indeed impossible to buy tickets online at the website of the Dutch railways. One exception is maybe the international subdivision HISpeed, but only if your journey involves crossing a border. You could though buy your Dutch railway tickets online at the Belgian Railways. They use the same booking systems, and the online tickets have the same format. ...


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Separate taps are still pretty common in Australia though mixer taps are on the rise. What I usually do is check if the hot water is hot straight away. Usually it's not but I suppose this could depend on how the hot water is set up which may be different in Ireland. If the hot tap is not hot straight away I use the hot tap just on just a bit checking with ...


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Public transport is comfortable and easy in the Netherlands, and a good way to experience the country. You will need to change several times, which is always a bit of trouble with a baby, but it won't be worse than going through the airports. Do mind how far your destination in Maasbree is from the bus stop — though it might be easier to arrange a bike with ...


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I'm not a winter person but I heard on the news that many dutch people come to Willingen Hochsauerland for skiing. That is a 4h ride from Amsterdam by car. The longest ride is 2km and an altitude difference of 240m. They even have floodlights to ride at night.


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Shortest flight is direct one, operated by KLM. It's 12 hours. And it isn't cheap, standard price currently stands around 1300€ for return ticket (AMS->LIM->AMS), and if you're very specific on dates it might be even more. Alternatives with one stop over: Delta (via Atlanta), Air Europa (via Madrid). It's might be slightly cheaper (1000€-1200€), but ...


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With regular NS trains (intercity's, sprinter's and stoptrains) booking in advance does not give you any discount. If you would travel with a NS HiSpeed train this could be the case, but there's no direct HiSpeed connection between Eindhoven and Amsterdam, so it's irrelevant to your journey. There's a direct train between Eindhoven and Amsterdam Central ...


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Being myself insured in the Netherlands, I am not 100% sure how it works for non-residents but the way health care is structured here is that there is no national health service but many independent providers and several private insurers. However, prices and insurance coverage are regulated. In practice, general practitioner (huisarts) consultations are ...


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There is a website called called allemolens.nl. "Alle molens" is dutch for all mills. Based on the name only, I would say that this is the resource that you are looking for. Unfortunately the page is Dutch only. It states Hier vindt u informatie over alle molens in Nederland, bestaand en verdwenen. Which translates to: This resource contains ...



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