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Alicia went to De Keukenhof, "the garden of Europe". Her mother can stop nagging her now: she saw the Dutch tulips

Last week I went to de Keukenhof, a.k.a. “The Garden of Europe”, one of the world’s largest flower gardens, which attracts many international tourists to the Netherlands.

I have heard about the Keukenhof since I first came to Holland, but did not have an opportunity to visit it last year. If you talk about Dutch culture, it is inevitable to mention tulips. My mom kept nagging me to visit the Keukenhof, otherwise she would consider it a waste: going to the Netherlands but never see the actual tulips. Keeping that in mind, I invited two other friends to join me on my travels from Arnhem to Lisse.

At the beginning we were worried, as according to the weather forecast, it would rain on Monday. Fortunately, the sun was shining so bright during that day. No need to think, I chose to wear a skirt with a bomber jacket, believing that the weather was nice enough. However, the struggle was real when we arrived at the flower garden. It was so windy… OMG… I felt like crying. After 5 minutes, it was sunny again, but it was not over yet. A small shower occurred, just like I predicted. Luckily, bringing my umbrella with me was indeed a wise decision. I used to love the Dutch weather, but after that experience, I’m taking it all back. Dutch weather is insane; it can change in minutes.

Looking at the bright side, I saw many beautiful flowers with different colours, including red, pink, purple, orange, yellow. Some flower names seemed quite odd to me, like “Narcissus Sabatini”, “Dream World”, “World Legendary” or even “Fox Trot”.

Except for all those “unfavourable” factors, I did have a great time with my friends and spent such a meaningful day-off travelling, which of course, made me more relaxed and happier.

Alicia Nguyen is a Communication Student at Arnhem Business School.