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Likely that a not funny guy tried to be funny, saying something like 'Lazy bones' not knowing or not caring you would not understand. Ignore the kind of guy wherever you go. Unless the grass is clearly private property, or clearly grown for hay, you are alright taking a rest in it. Such a small strip between a cycle path and the railway fence is very ...


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To know where you are the furthest from any building in the Netherlands is very simple. Buildings in The Netherlands First of all, you look where all the buildings in the Netherlands are. That is here. In this picture I represented every building in the Netherlands by a little almost transparent dot. So the black spots is where multiple of those spots ...


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They are artificially lit greenhouses. The artificial light escapes through their transparent roofs. Some of them were presumably not (yet?) illuminated when you saw them, perhaps because it wasn't yet completely dark or because the crop in the greenhouse was at the wrong point of its growth. Note that some of the white buildings in the satellite image on ...


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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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Possibly het Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe (Saeftinghe's Drowned Land), depending on your exact criteria. The closest municipality is Emmadorp, which is around 5-6 km away from the furthest point in Saeftinghe. The closest town is Graauw, which is another 2 km further. The closest actual city is Hulst (which is still rather small), which is 10 km away ...


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Apparently, normally yes, if there is also a continuous line on the outsides of the roadway. The green area is called a Optische middenberm, which means optical central verge. When I learned driving I was taught it had no other function, but that appears to be untrue (either I remember wrongly, or I was misinformed, or it has changed; I obtained my license ...


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In the Netherlands (I live there...), most people tip by just leaving some cash on the table or by rounding up the amount on the bill or credit card slip. Amounts tend to not be steep either, there's no such thing as the "expected 15% tipping" in the US. Literally rounding up the bill to a nice round number is common. Say your bill is for 46 Euro, make it ...


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Being Dutch, I have never heard of such law. I also doubt there is a law that would cover this, I would take it as a try to intimidate you. But also as a 'please really, really do not do this.' If caught out after you made the picture and before you had seen the sign, I would let them try to sue you. But if seeing the sign before you take the picture, do ...


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When you have a train ticket this is a commitment by the railways to get you to your destination. In your case your ticket is for Brussels to Den Haag so to Den haag the railways must get you. But it doesn’t have to be with the trains you originally intended to use. The fact that you change in Breda tells me you have a ticket for the IC train. That ticket ...


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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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What the law currently says is that "coffee shops" are only allowed to sell cannabis to people residing in the Netherlands (ingezetenencriterium) and can check that by asking a proof of registration from a Dutch municipality (together with a valid ID). This rule has replaced the "weed pass" concept, which has been abandoned, and is in principle valid ...


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English is widely spoken in Amsterdam, as well as other cities in the Netherlands, and you will have no problem navigating the city. Personally, I only know a few words of Dutch and I never had a problem in the city. You may want to bring a phrase book to help you with greetings and simple phrases. Dutch people, like any other cultures, appreciate when you ...


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If you're a national of India, then you need a visa (or a residence permit) to enter the Schengen area. No exceptions. The page you link to is quite confusing -- it shows both "with visa" and "without visa" options no matter which nationality you select in the dropdown. That seems to be a technical problem with the page, but it doesn't change the fact that ...


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Not with just a Nairobi-Amsterdam ticket, since the airline is fined if it carries someone without the right documentation. EUR 11,250 per passenger, just so you know. As such, you need to buy a ticket to a country you can enter visa-free or with a visa on arrival via Amsterdam For Kenyans, countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and ...


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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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No it is not legal (not just Amsterdam, but everywhere). Some municipalities have 'walls of fame' where it is legal. (They are sometimes called 'Hall of fame' (HOF)). Here is a map of them, but I have no idea how up-to-date this is. It mentions one under the Schellingwouderbrug (near Flevopark) in Amsterdam, but it's current status is unknown. Website ...


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'Sprinter' is the name for the train service that stops at each station. The alternative are the 'Intercity' services that only stop at limited stations. The route you have selected first uses the sprinter train from Schiphol Airport station to Naarden Bussum station, there you change onto bus line 101 which will drop you off at the AmersfoortseStraatweg ...


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Actually I found the answer, in case someone else wonder if it's possible, the answer was found here. Do I have to leave the EU straight away from the country where I purchased goods? No. You can buy VAT-free goods even if you are going to be visiting other EU countries before you finally return home, as long as you actually leave the EU with the ...


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These barriers have already been in place at some stations for some time. In the Netherlands, paper tickets (e.g. from the ticket machines) will be phased out between now and July 9. People who don't have an OV-chipkaart will then need to buy a disposable one and check in and out as well. NS announced the whole system will gradually go live after that with ...


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Not sure about the 90% figure but many people in the Netherlands know at least some English and they are very eager to speak it. Dutch people will often switch to English as soon as they sense you don't understand Dutch and I have never felt any annoyance about that (not a concern for you but even civil servants, the police, etc. will happily help you in ...


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I think you are overreacting to the credit card charges. A 1% transaction fee is small, most credit cards charge 3%. Also, most credit cards give a very fair currency exchange rate. Even if you spend $1000 on the credit card during your trip, that only amounts to an additional $10. Enjoy the trip, take only a small amount of cash, and use the credit card ...


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You can travel the NS train either by buying a single ticket, or by using an OV-chipcard (Dutch: "OV chipkaart"). If you buy a single ticket it doesn't matter. If you travel with the OV-chipcard (as most people do), you pay for the distance you travel. The system needs to know how far you've traveled so you "check out" when you leave the platform. The ...


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Print two copies of your e-ticket, so you can each go through independently. This may have the added advantage that if one of you visits the loo or otherwise needs to walk through the train, you can take a copy of the ticket with you. You might want to do that anyway, as the train manager may ask you to present your ticket at any time (at your seat or when ...


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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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The answer appears to be no: it is extremely unlikely that the airline will allow you to board. According to Timatic, a Kenyan citizen who wishes to enter the Netherlands must have a visa, proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay, and documents necessary for entry to their next destination. What's more, airlines are required to give special scrutiny ...


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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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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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The Netherlands certainly doesn't have that many public taps as other countries. Maybe also because the regular tap water is of very good quality. But the recent years more and more taps are placed. Mostly to advertise against bottled water, and help people who use own (recycled) bottles. I know of two websites / apps which have a map of taps: ...


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Yes, you need a visa. Canada requires all persons traveling on refugee travel documents to obtain visas, regardless of which country issued the document. Note: Holders of Alien’s passport and Stateless individuals need a visa to visit or transit in Canada. (Note that "Alien's passport" means any travel document issued by a state to a non-citizen, ...


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