After a very last-minute decision, we ended up celebrating the New Year in the Netherlands. Come see how we brought in 2014 in The Hague.
Photo a day project: December 30th 2013. Festive wishes. This year we are wishing you a Happy New Year from a beach in The Hague, Netherlands!
Photo a day project: December 31st 2013. Epic. Have discovered that the Dutch *really* like setting things alight. This is what we will see go up in flame this evening! And that's not counting all the fireworks that'll be (read ‘are') going off all over the beach and city. Happy New Year, nomads! Read about our experience here.
Photo a day project: January 1st 2014. Started out the New Year by joining 9,998 others in an annual Dutch tradition, the New Year's Dive in the North Sea at Scheveningen, The Hague! Absolutely freezing but exactly the kind of tone we want to set for the coming year, tackling any challenge head on. Look out 2014, we're coming for ya! Read about our experience here.
Photo a day project: January 2nd 2014. Public transport stress disorder. Holland's extensive network of trains, trams and buses are modern, punctual and efficient. Everything you would want in a public transport system, except, the combination of pay-per-kilometre and the relatively new swipe-card payment system (ov-chipkaart) could do with some improvements.
Photo a day project: January 3rd 2014. Bike lane. With the predominantly flat landscape and abundance of dedicated bicycle lanes, it's no wonder that bikes are the transport of choice for many in Holland.
Photo a day project: January 4th 2014. Peace Palace. We were fortunate to be in The Hague on one of the few weekends that the Peace Palace is open to the public for guided tours. Officially opened just over 100 years ago in 1913, the Peace Palace is now probably best known for housing the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ). Filled with treasures from around the world that have been gifted in the spirit of promotion of peace, it's guaranteed you won't find another court of law quite like it.