Holland Beyond the Crowds

Europe

If you attempt to stand still in the streets of Amsterdam for longer than 5 seconds, you will be whisked away by the throngs of tourists and locals converging on narrow cobblestone streets. Wander onto the slightly less congested bike lanes, and you’ll become a hit and run victim by one of the law abiding bikers.

Holland’s beauty is provocatively on display for all to see. And that’s not a reference to the infamous red light district, but rather a testament to precise canal planning and unique building architecture. With so much refinement on display, it’s hard to look beyond into the tiny infinite instances that make a trip to Holland unique. This photo essay is my attempt to see beyond the typical and find the quintessential Dutch culture during my stay.

These are by no means all inclusive, just a reflection of my personal experience:

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