Netherlands

Jason Gasser/Per. 6/4-28-2015

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Climate :D

It is ideal to travel to the Netherlands any time of year, but bring an umbrella! Due to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, Netherlands is usually cool and slightly windy with a maritime climate. The wet season is April-September. During the winter, temperatures are mildly cool, they vary from low 30s to upper 40s Fahrenheit. In the summer, temperatures are warm, they vary from 50 to 70 degrees usually. The country usually receives about 2.3 inches of rain a month.
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Culture

The official language of the country is Dutch. The religions are extremely varied, the largest is Roman Catholic, only 28% of people are this religion. Next is Protestant, attracting 18% of people. One holiday is Liberation day. This is known as freedom day. They celebrate the capitulation of Nazi Germany, and this is when they considered the war over for them. It takes place on May 5th. Another holiday is remembrance day on May 4th. They celebrate Civilians and soldiers who were Dutch and have died since WWII. At 8 PM, there is a 2 minute silence in their honor. One of the most exiting holidays is Carnival. During the month of February, people in costumes fill the bars and pubs to celebrate the 40 days until Easter. The Netherlands celebrates most Christian holidays.
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Physical places to visit

Other tourism-worthy landmarks

Current Info

The Netherlands uses Euros. One Euro is worth 1.12 US dollars. Netherlands is a constitutional Monarchy. It has a prime minister and elected parliament, and a king/queen for ceremonial purposes. The current ruler is King Willem-Alexander. The GDP is 700.5 billion. That is 41,711 per capita. The main exports are oil, electronics, machinery and flowers.

Dutch Cookies

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 1 cup white sugar, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, salt to taste, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 degrees C).
  2. Cream together the butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to sugar mixture and mix well, being careful not to over mix.
  4. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten each with the tines of a fork (dip fork into small bowl of water so that dough doesn't stick to fork). Do this once or twice, depending on the size of cookie and fork.
  5. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. After each pan is removed from oven, carefully place 5 or 6 chocolate chips on top of each cookie while they are still hot. When chocolate is glossy and soft, spread with knife.

Transportation

A round trip ticket from Chicago to Amsterdam would cost 1,175 dollars flying on United. Often boasted the best hotel in Amsterdam, the Mauro Mansion is a luxurious converted canal house starting at 217 dollars a night.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Amsterdam. Go to a cafe or pub. Go to hotel.

Day 2 - Visit the Anne Frank museum and have a walk in one of the main parks.

Day 3 - Visit Historic Valkenburg castle.

Day 4 - Visit the delta project and Hoge Veluwe National Park. Inside the park, also see a Van Gogh museum with several pieces of art.

Day 5 - visit Keukenhof gardens. Later in the day, rent a bike. Have a ride along some of the famous paths in Amsterdam.

Day 6 - Take a water taxi canal tour. Then, have a walk along the canals and go shopping.

Day 7 - Fly back to Chicago O'Hare airport.

Citations

"30 Best Amsterdam Hotels." Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor, n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
<http://www.tripadvisor.com
Hotels-g188590-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province-Hotels.html>.


Dutch Cookies Recipe." AllRecipes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
<http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Dutch-Cookies/
Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=14711>.


"National Holidays." Holand.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 May 2015.
<http://www.holland.com/us/press/story-festivals/celebrations/
national-holidays-and-celebrations.htm>.


"Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Holland." Touropia. N.p., 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 12
May 2015. <http://www.touropia.com/
tourist-attractions-in-the-netherlands/>.