Zaanse Schans: The Town that Smells like Chocolate

In the 18th and 19th centuries, this region was an industrial area with windmills producing oil, paint, spices, and other products. The traditional look and feel has been preserved, and today Zaanse Schans attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its beauty and experience the history, canals, and windmills.

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The Netherlands Day 3: Rijksmuseum, Bloemenmarkt, and Cheese Fondue!

The third day of our Netherlands trip was spent continuing to explore what Amsterdam has to offer! The Rijksmuseum First, we headed to the Rijksmuseum, which is located adjacent to the Van Gogh Museum (which we visited yesterday). Again, we bought the tickets online ahead of time, so getting in was quick and seamless. Outside … Continue reading The Netherlands Day 3: Rijksmuseum, Bloemenmarkt, and Cheese Fondue!

The Netherlands Day 2: Van Gogh, Apple Pie & Canal Tour

  Our first full day in the Netherlands was a cloudy one. The sky was completely overcast, and I thought, "darn, it's not going to look cute in pictures". But on the plus side, there will be no harsh sunlight in my face, so I will look cute in pictures 🙂 Our plan for today … Continue reading The Netherlands Day 2: Van Gogh, Apple Pie & Canal Tour

Fairy Pools & Tibetan Yak Butter Tea

If there's one thing I learned about my trip to Jiuzhaigou, it is that the locals here are some of the kindest and most generous people that you will meet in China! The scenery and natural formations in Jiuzhai Valley are awe-inspiring, but it's the amazing people I met here that made this trip so special.