Airbus 320 Phnom Penh to Singapore ... 49 USD ... many empty seats.
Arrived at Singapore airport.
BullionStar (early AM, not open yet).
Silver at BullionStar - through the window - early morning, was not open yet.
18 January 2018
BullionStar ... 1.50 USD bus ride from airport.
Free meals, all day, everyday. Not the best, but a man would not starve here by any means, and would never need to pay. No ceremonies or anything. Just walk in and eat.
Cambodia should post signs like this ...
Do not get sick and "throw up" at this restaurant or you will be charged 50 dollars.
When you get rich, take me to stay at this hotel, and we can go swimming in the rooftop pool.
Uptown Dorm - 2 minute walk from BullionStar.
Very easy to come here by plane, go to BullionStar, and buy a kilo. Can stay overnight at this dorm I am at now for 15 usd per night. Only 2 minute walk from BullionStar. Bus ride from airport to here is 1.50 USD.
Compared to Cambodia, sociological engineers, in whatever formal informal role they take, are more thoughtful and advanced in their thinking.
This is much more a society of laws, and for the most part, reasonable laws, designed to reflect a higher quality of life and standard of living.
Charles DiBella 18.01.2018 04:09:22
I went to the pagoda to eat for free. They have free food everyday, all day. At this dorm the food is free too, but limited. But what I see of the menus around, the food is cheap enough. An experienced grocery/market shopper should pay no more than in Phnom Penh. This is a land of wealth and abundance.
Choice of foods to eat at the dorm ... sugary jams, jellies, peanut butture and chocolate butter ... they also have two toasters for making toast, coffee and tea.
But it is not a bad place. Could be managed better to triple their income.
My bed for the night.
2 bunks, 4 beds, only me.
I'd like to take over management.
Sure. I want to show how easy it is for you to travel. If you can get a visa into the country, with my techniques you can live just as cheap almost anywhere.
The total cost for one-way plane fare here from Phnom Penh (through Singapore) was under 300 USD. Sometimes round-trip tickets can be cheaper than two one-way tickets, but I like the freedom of one-way travel.
Here are some more observations about Athens:
Money changers have a game where they say they must "charge a commission", and then they try to take 10% more from you, so you must be aware of this game and shop around for honest money changers. There should be no add-on commissions, only the price advertised as it is in Cambodia.
There are many poor people on the streets, mostly men of all ages, and some women, but I have not seen poor street children.
Some will sit on the sidewalk with a cup wishing for you to deposit money.
I was approached unexpectedly by a middle aged woman begging for change who looked terrible. From appearances, I would surmise she was a drug user and part-time prostitute.
At first she began to speak to me in Greek, and then switched to broken English. with her story of needing money for the grocery store.
Why she needed money was not the issue, because what she really needed was "street counseling", that is, someone with wisdom to talk to about her problems so she can work her way out of them.
I saw other homeless who were more adept at living on the street, and some are feed very good (and it seems regularly) with leftovers.
Since I would not be in a position to provide street counseling here and at this time, I will have some change ready next time I go walking.
My rule is to never pull out money unexpectedly on a chance encounter with a beggar - I always plan in advance.
The reason is that you could be a "mark".
The game works like this ... one person will approach you asking for money, while another (possibly an accomplice) is watching from a distance to see where exactly you keep your money. My money was in a bag I was carrying, that might easily be snatched if someone was stalking me.
Anyway, I have personal protective rules for being on the streets and protecting myself from potential trouble, and pulling out money is something I do only with planning and forethought.
Another thing I have noticed is that most people wear dark clothing. It's either black, dark blue, dark green, but very little color and almost no one dresses in a colorful manner.
Although in Cambodia people also dress very similar, they wear brighter colors and the women especially will wear colorful clothes.
Many of the women here seem to be dressing as if they are in some sort of competition to be fashion models. The amount of money, effort, and energy that goes into creating an image for women to somehow look special or fashionable to me is absurd and the sign of a sick civilization.
The price of food at the market is exceptionally cheap, much cheaper than Cambodia, but the prices for street food and in restaurants is much higher.
For example, we can buy "corn on the cob" from a street vendor in Cambodia for 1000 riel (about .2 euro), but here the same corn is not .2 euro, but 2 euro).
So market food is cheap, better and more diverse here than in Cambodia, but eating out is much more expensive here.
If you only eat fresh fruits and vegetables from the market, the cost is extremely low - often only 5000 riel for a kilo (one euro, or 1.25 USD).
There are many poor and homeless here, but I am in the city center, and the worst part of the city.
Homeless people often settle in places where there are tourists, I feel because it is a social and political statement, and also because that is where the free food and handouts can be more easily found.
There is free food to be found here too.
I came across a plastic bag full of stale sandwiches and pastries left out for anyone to take.
Afterwards I watched as an old man picked up the whole bag as he walked by.
To experience a city or locality, you must experience the culture and the ordinary people.
It is not at all about staying in hotels, eating at fine restaurants, and visiting all the popular tourist attractions.
To experience a culture and people you must begin to use their language, which means to communicate with them directly.
This always begins with learning how to pronounce basic friendly greetings..
Budget report: yesterday I spent 6 eur on bus from airport to city center, 2 eur on fresh fruits, and 9 eur on bed. How do you make the euro sign with telegram? One euro = 5000 riel
Not sure how many kilometers I walk in a day now, but each day I do more and grow stronger. Definitely not the same or even similar to my biking experiences.
Only one in Greece to wear a kroma and monk's cap.
The nearby hill ...
Landing area at the top ... 3 pm here.
Above - three views from the top. Graffiti covers all of Greece. Basically a display of rebellion and a disrespect for what we've built as a civilization.
I went back to the Loving Family Cafe, and noticed the sign above the store. I always imagined a place like this as a means for helping the poor. This is a good thing.
They don't give away food for free, but do their best to provide food and drink for as low a price as possible.
I believe this to be a better approach for many people who are not looking for free handouts.
To pay a little for that which they receive helps a poor and struglling person maintain some of their dignity, and that's important.
Read their little message above the menu ...
I am a rural person, not an urban person, but I do enjoy urban exploration, so Athens is not a long term stop for me, but rather a temporary amusement and learning adventure.
Maybe I will come back someday with someone and dig deeper, but urban areas are primarily based on consumption and not production.
And in speaking of production, I mean food production, such as farming and growing things that are good for you, in a clean and natural enviroment.
Nevertheless, when a person travels and arrives to a new place, often they will see opportunities that exist which are not openly evident to those who are local.
When I look at the magnificient empty real estate here, along with the huge and never ending amount of tourism, I see investment opportunities, but I also imagine that the government is taxing the land and business owners to upper their limits.
For an outsider to do any business successfully within a foreign land, there is a need for a young, ambitious and trustworthy local partner (or partners).
If I were deeply interested in doing business in Greece (or anywhere), this is what I would need, and this is exactly what the big-money investors are looking for when they consider doing business within Cambodia.
22 January 2018
Food is so abundant, delicious and cheap - one can eat like a king here, and many do.
I see they use plastic bags, but for a poor country, I see no litter or plastic bags blowing around everywhere.
People seem to dispose of their trash properly.
I see no use of styrofoam, no trash fires or open fires, and no one is cooking with charcoal.
Just the same, there are poor people everywhere, and no one seems to be driving big, expensive SUV's or luxury cars.
This experience definately reflects misplaced values of the well-to-do in Cambodia.
If Cambodia will ever change, it will be up to true leaders of the generation that is about 30 years old now.
The older generation has already proven it does not want or cannot change, and if this generation does not institute positive change, it's highly unlikely their younger brothers and sisters will do it.
So with all Cambodia's wealth and abundance, why can't they clean up their world?
They've grown content with filth and pollution of every sort, and so they accept it as a natural state of being among themselves.
Another beggar approached me today, this time at the bus terminal. He had a nice "soft con" that he used, but it was an old game of which I was familiar.
I have a rule - when people ask for money, I don't give it to them, but I do give to people who don't ask.
Everyday someone has approached me asking for directions and speaking in Greek. I must look like a local to some.
I don't know what else to do here but to walk and occassionally eat something. Twice I enjoyed a slice of spinach and cheese pie.
Coffee drinks are extremely popular, yet I feel the price for coffee is way out of proportion to other things. To spend 2 to 3 dollars for a simple small cup of black coffee seems ridiculous to me.
I see so many people everywhere drinking the unhealthy sweetened iced coffee drinks.
I am not finding anything here for me, or anything productive for me to do here. Seems like a waste of time.
Although the landscape is fairly clean of litter and debris, there is graffiti everywhere. This too seems like such a senseless act, a waste of time, talent and paint. In reading some of the messages, one can see how there is disagreement between the groups.
It is such a childish act. They rebel against the ways of society but they want to enjoy all the benefits that society can give them.
If they were serious about rebelling against society, they would be doing some serious destruction using fire and explosives. But instead they go around spraying painted messages everywhere.
This world does not seem to be getting better.
23 January 2018
I need a simple, quiet rural retreat where I can be productive working with building or repairing a house, or even learning permaculture.
Urban life seems futile to me. The majority of people are either sick, dead or suicidal. There are smokers everywhere. This is not a healthy environment for any right minded human being.
There are needle using drug addicts everywhere, especially at night where all sorts of crazy people come out.
I see a few bike riders, and they seem to be the best the human species has to offer here.
Success - I found a regular medium size coffee with milk for 0.60 € ... at the Loving Family ...
So much abundance ... such a wide assortment of everything in the marketplace ... and most everything is so inexpensive even compared to Cambodia.
The exception is restaurants ... although there are food stands everywhere with baked goods, and some of this prepared food is fairly inexpensive.
If one only bought basic food items and prepared their meals at home, life would be very affordable.
Many feral cats here all over Athens ... but they are big and fat ... they eat well. People leave out food and water for them. Stray dogs are big and fat too ...
Here now in meditation - the prison of Socrates ... below showing the view from his prison door, but I don't imagine he could look outside so easily as it appears there was a roof and outbuilding over the door.
Socrates was an interesting and notable historical figure who openly spoke out against the leadership of the day.
Close up of Acropolis from Socrates' prison door ...
Today's thoughts and reflections:
One thing I've noticed about the Athens skyline, is that there are no skyscrapers at all. This is interesting, as it reflects that there are city planners in the background working to preserve a certain character to the city.
Today I was again approached by a few beggars. There seems to be no short supply of beggars to be found in this city.
Shop owners and market stall vendors are often very outgoing. As you are walking by, if you even glance at their merchandise, they will speak to you in anticipation of a sale.
In the open market, vendors are often shouting out words often to seemingly no one, but sometimes to each others.
People often speak very loud and shout to each other here, which is not the case in Asia.
Nowadays, in this modern era of the cellphone, I often see people walking down the street shouting to themselves.
It can be annoying, such as when you find a quiet place to sit in a park, and someone comes to sit nearby and shout into their cellphone.
Life on earth before the cellphone was more civilized, refined, respectful.
Concerning business, if I were to manage any sort of hostel, it would be a rural eco-community technomad center as we one we visualized for the mango farm project.
I can see other business opportunities, such as an ebay and Amazon store marketing antique goods to a USA market.
There are so many antiques for sale here which I imagine could be bought fairly cheap. If one could set up a bulk shipping channel from Athens to the US, I would imagine a good profit could be made.
Such would be a life of living, working and doing business in Athens as a buying of antique odds and ends, shipping them to the US, and advertising them on the Internet.
I mentioned the many things I do not like about urban life, but urban walking, especially in a city like Athens, can be very interesting because you never know what you will find around the next corner.
Today, as you can see from the photos above, I went deeper into the tourist areas, and found many quiet parks full of trees.
Although this is not the busy tourist season, I imagine there would be much more people around when the weather is warm and tourist season is in full swing.
I will share more of my thoughts on homelessness and beggars soon.
Rithy, is this the kind of car you would get?
The walking has helped, but it would be nice to have two good legs and shoes that were specifically designed for walking.
I blend in fine with the locals. Seems several times a day strangers on the street begin to speak with me as if I understand Greek.
When I explain that I only speak English they are intrigued, and I can see they know a little English but sense they feel they are not proficient enough to carry on a conversation.
Always it is a cordial and pleasant encounter.
Cambodia is much more of an English speaking country than Greece.
This comment on urban noise in Athens ...
There are places to go, such as the cemetary where I was today, and very large parks to get away from the people and the noise.
In the parks the air is fresh and clean, not only because there are no fires here, but because there are many trees to filter the air.
In Phnom Penh there was absolutely no escape from the noise and air pollution, so I am much more happy, healthy and content to be here.
Concerning noise, there are loud and piercing emergency vehicle sirens, road construction noise, general motor vehicle noise (alarms and horns), but most annoying and obnoxious of all, loud motorbike exhausts.
The loud motorbikes are the easiest to control and the most unnecessary of all the noise, and so they are a complete and total nusiance.
But here there is no loud music or Ultra-Low-Frequency (ULF) bass amplifier noise as there is in the United States and in Asia.
ULF noise is omni-directional, and penetrates most all substances, and therefore nearly impossible to block or deflect.
It's a relief to be away from the ULF noise, which unbeknowst to most, is very stressful and damaging to the human condition.
25 January 2018
National Library - presently closed and relocated ...
27 January 2018
StayIng in my 9 € dorm room alot because of the cold ... the view from the window. No snow, but I am always cold. The good thing is that there are few tourists and no crowds.
28 January 2018
Stinky Guy moved into our dorm room last night, and he snores, so I moved out this morning.
On the move with backpack and at the main train station now.
This "Cozy Hostel" is small, exclusive, and very well managed.
It appears they will not allow just anyone who shows up to live here, and that the owner must approve you.
It is more as sharing a home with people, as several are here for longer terms.
Two brothers are owners of the flat, but they do not live here, rather they employ a young man (20 years old) to live here as a guest, and also a cleaning lady arrives daily.
It gives me a dream to build a similar situation for travelers on our land, and manage it in a similar style, for exclusive long term guests.
I believe every business should have an "ideas" box or a place where suggestions from guests can be submitted.
This place only needs a few simple improvements to make it near perfect.
The rate is 7 euro per night, and I could stay for a long time, but I believe I would becomed bored of Tirana soon.
Also, it is cold and rainy outside. The rains are not like Cambodian rains of course, rather it is just a light rain that seems to go on and on with mild winds and cloudy skies.
It will be nice to see some clear skies here.
I suppose it would have been better weather if I stayed in Athens, but I felt like moving on, and also I need to limit my time in the EU because I am only allowed to stay 90 days out of every 180 days.
It is for mountain weather of this latitude. Sea and ocean currents, as well as elevations and latitude affect climate and weather.
4 February 2018
160€ but tires need replacing.
Continental road tires, 25 usd each.
Original Shimano 400 CX groupo throughout, including hubs. 700 cm wheels, presta valves.
1996 vintage, frame made in France.
I am considering to buy this bicycle. I walked around the used bicycle district of Tirana yesterday and today, and this was the most suitable I have seen so far.
But now I have shown the photo to another second hand dealer who says he can give a better deal.
Tomorrow I will go to his shop to see what he has brought in for me.
In addition, I will discuss private sellers as an option with a local man here at the dorm.
Wide view from hostel terrace. Clouds, cold, rain, some sun in between.
Zoom view from hostel terrace. Notice mountain in background.
Even though there is a main street below, it is quiet and peaceful here.
Thoughts on beggars and begging:
Mainly I see gypsy beggar women on the street, both young and old, often with a child as a prop, but not as many as I saw in Athens (there are many more beggars of all kinds in Athens).
The gypsy women seem to involve their whole family, teaching their children how to beg, often aggressively.
Albanian people seem to have pride, and do not beg, as it seems Albanian men would rather have something to sell.
Albanian women do not beg.
Cambodia does not have so many beggars as these countries, and Cambodian beggars behave differently.
Cambodia had more beggars years ago, as it was like a sport for the kids to beg from the tourists, and Cambodian government discourages begging as it is bad for the national image and for tourism.
Nowadays, since I rarely go to tourist areas, the only beggars I see in Cambodia would be obviously disabled, and would typically only find beggars at the market on Buddhist holy days.
I don't believe in public street begging as a means of charity or helping people in need.
During my years as homeless person, I knew several people who did what we called "pan-handling", or street begging.
They viewed pan-handling more as sport than anything else, and most were very skilled at optimizing their success.
Money acquired through pan-handling was typically always used for "beer money" as they would say, meaning to buy alcohol at the store.
A blind person begging, or a man with no hands might need to beg, because they have extreme limitations for what they can do, but an able bodied person has no legitimate need to beg on the streets.
If a person can see, has two good hands, then there is always something to do, even if it is to pick through garbage, which is an activity I explored for several years in order to understand the true nature of poverty.
Even if you have no legs, but you can see, and have two good hands, then you can make bracelets and jewelry to sell, do wood carvings, make crafts, or something creative and constructive.
There is no need to beg except that it is an easy way to gather cash to use for whatever you want.
I went to sit in a Catholic church this morning for simple quiet solitary meditation.
There were two beggars outside at the entrance, and no one was inside but one man sitting.
Within five minutes the man approached me to offer a gift of a small silver-plated crucifix, attempting to explain and insist that this was a gift.
For all I knew, this was a gypsy man, and those were his family members outside begging at the entrance way.
But not wanting to refuse a gift freely given, I look at him and did not speak a word as if I didn't understand him.
(This is a sanctuary of a Catholic church, and not a place for business or open conversation.)
Soon I understand he was trying to ask me for a gift of 500 LEK, basically 4 EUR, but still insisting the crucifix was a gift.
This all took place inside the sanctuary of the church, and so I remain silent looking perplexed.
I had gone into the church wanting only to be left alone to sit in quiet contemplative meditation for a hour or so.
It was clear he did not speak or understand English, so rather than speak at all, I simply stood up and walked out without saying a word, leaving his silver-plated crucifix behind.
To me, I see this sort of behaviour as a set-up, or in a word, entrapment.
I must ask myself, how many times a day does this man engage in this sort of behavior, and how many other similar sort of beggar games does he use on people?
I don't believe in begging, because if I were so poor, I would be a simple, humble garbage picker.
I don't make this statement in theory, because I have already tested myself and proven the garbage picker way of life does work.
Even as I walk the streets now, I quickly and discretely glance into garbage bins to see if there are useful discards of value, and often I do see good recycleables.
I was that way in Cambodia, always observing the level of wasteful discards available from modern society.
I feel street beggars are lazy, and looking for an easy way to make money, and I have known quite a few street beggars personally.
I have much more respect for garbage pickers, and would give a garbage picker money unsolicited before giving a soliciting street beggar money.
Consider an 8 hour work day, with the right gentile approach, with one successful hit per hour at 5 EUR per hour, that is very good daily earnings for an unproductive life of begging.
With any street beggar who approaches me, I don't know what their game is, and I have no reason to believe or trust them, no matter what they say.
In addition, begging at a church is pretty low, when the church congregation itself should be helping the poor.
Cambodian beggars rarely if ever would do their begging at the temple, rather they would do their begging at the market or at tourist attractions.
If a beggar goes to the temple, the monks or the lay people are typically there to help with food or other simple daily needs as it is for the life of a monk.
There is more than enough abundance in the world right now for everyone to find satisfaction.
The earth is still producing bountifully, and commerce exists on both a large and small scale everywhere.
Exceptions to this would be in a war zone, extreme drought, crop failure and such.
Begging is a disease of the mind, a rejection of one's own power of personal productivity.
5 February 2018
They really make an effort to be creative with their simple architecturial designs. Clear blue skies this morning ...
A government building of some kind ...
"Stop making stupid people famous" ... the city is not completely free of graffiti. A good message.
A big man-made lake, with a lakeside park. This photo is showing the dam with some brutalist architecture in the background.
Tirana is only now transforming into a bicycle city. The locals appreciate bicycles, and you can see the young and old riding bicycles. Actually, I see more older people on bikes than younger people, but many people ride bikes.
The government has invested heavily in the park, and I can see how it contributes greatly to the quality of life here.
Monday morning with many older people out walking for exercize, and some younger people too.
The park has many different sorts of recreation facilities.
This park seems like the best of Tirana.
The rolling hills and suburbs ...
These hills are to the southwest, whereas to the northeast are much higher mountains with snow caps.
Fountain of water, lakeside.
If you have a body of water on your land, consider the principles of water aeration.
"Albania is generally speaking one of the safest countries in Europe to cycle around and people will often stop in their cars and ask you if you need help or offer you food and drink ... the Albanian people are the most hospitable I have met anywhere in Europe in my +25 years of roaming the globe."
The selfie craze was way more prevalent in Albania than here, but Albania is a much more easier place for bicycle touring.
It's much easier to socialize with Albanians, restaurants and lodging are much more affordable, bathrooms are more accessible ....
However, Italian air is cleaner, and the architecture more distinctive.
Urban Italians much different than rural, as anywhere, but there are similarities, such as lack of patience and aggressive behavior.
I'll have much more social commentary when I leave Italy, and also when I have a power source.
Rainy afternoon ....
2 May 2018
Drying out under a bridge after an all night rain ....
If you work in a public park, cleaning,sorting, drying, organizing your gear, you'll notice many people looking at you, but if you are under a bridge with graffiti and litter all around, not a single person will look your way.
Dropped Pin near Via della Nave di Brozzi, 7-5, 50142 Firenze FI, Italy
You appear as homeless, an undesirable, a vagrant ... they look the other way. People equate the situation to the immigrant problem, looking away in shame, disgust, or contempt. This is a pretty isolated location.
Attilio Brunelli ( postmodern anarchist)
yes, this happens in particularly in Italy.
Took until 1:15 pm to dry out, and sun is still barely shining.
The streets of Florence are filled with tourists, and this isn't even high season.
There are many wonders to see if you pay the admission price and wait in lines.
I am enjoying the nature spots along the Arno river, where the camping is not so bad as you move away from the population center.
Prices are much higher than other places I've been in Italy.
30 € a night for a dorm is an unreasonable sum for me, but that's what the market will tolerate, I guess.
This is my last day in Florence, and will note again that urban Italy is much different than touring along the Adriadic coast or through the central mountain villages.
Italy has a distinct culture and heritage, of which Italians are proud, to a fault at times.
Making coffee in my tent along the Arno river ....
Under another bridge waiting for rain to stop. Not far from Flixbus stop, leaving in 12 hours.
Concerning life under bridges, people do look at you if they are safe inside of their automobile, evidently as they feel more secure.
In the meantime, I'll brew another expresso while I wait.
But still, if they're walking past under the bridge, they will not look at you.
Only derelicts hang out under bridges ... a curiosity, but only for those who feel secure.
Coffee brewing, cars passing, light rain ....
I would like to mention that I was fortunate to get such an excellent quality touring bike - a Peugeot ... specifically designed for touring, and it is a real pleasure to ride, so much so that I don't even miss my recumbent, which has it's own set of difficulties and troubles.
Front hub generator, front and rear lightning, front shocks, 700 cm wheels with 35 cm tires ... full fenders, front & rear ... aluminum frame, lugged spokes ... quality all around.
Lighting made in Germany, hub generator made in Singapore ...
21 speed with chain guard ...
High-end Nexave indexed shifters ...
Genève model ....
Would likely sell at 450 to 500 usd second-hand in Phnom Penh ...
Rain is more difficult to manage than cold ... you can get warm much faster and easier than you can get dry.
Rain and cold together are the worse of all ...
Fortunately, it hasn't been so cold lately, but the rain has slowed me down and dampened the fun.
These morons designed a major international bus and local tram terminal with absolutely zero shelter from the rain. None. Nowhere, except inside the cafeteria.
Overall, Italy lacks open shelter from the sun and rain.
Rithy Thul Biography - Cofounder of SmallWorld Cambodia
Rithy Thul is passionate about promoting small business startups in Cambodia.
Since 2008 he has personally started, cofounded, and provided assistance with the startup of over 50 different small business ventures in Cambodia.
With a focus on promoting small business success in Cambodia, in 2011 he co-founded SmallWorld Cambodia, a shared professional workspace where young progressive individuals could pursue their business aspirations and develop their ideas.
SmallWorld Cambodia, reorganized to SmallWorld Ventures in 2017, with a focus on investing in early stage team startups, redefined their goal toward building tech startups and aligning with the green business movement.
Beyond SmallWorld Ventures, Rithy cofounded Codingate, a local software development firm specializing in mobile and web applications.
In addition, he co-founded BoomCamp, a local startup support and mentoring program.
He founded the international adventure tourism company, Toursanak Adventures, and established Corco Angel, a Cambodian based angel investors network.
Since 2016, Rithy has led a blockchain and decentralized application research and development project at SmallWorld's REDD lab.
This R&D project has an aim to apply blockchain applications to broader markets and industries.
Old time restored windmill in Germany ... the day started out sunny ...
Food prices are low here, with much diversity and new kinds of foods, breads, deserts.
Free wifi can be found in the center of most cities and towns. Might just skip getting simm card, as they use much battery power as well as cost money.
People are fairly friendly, warm and welcoming. The population density is much greater than elsewhere. The waterways are not very clear or clean.
There is more bottle and can litter along the roads and pathways, and small motorcycles are allowed on the bikepaths. I feel this is dangerous. Many people, both young and old,are riding electric bicycles. It's a vibrant population.
I was in and out of NL in two days and one night, and am now in Belgium.