Ibnu Bohari

Trivia van Nederland

Posted in Uncategorized by mibnufajar on 31 August, 2013

Today I arrived in Amsterdam Schipol Airport, to begin my one-year journey for master program in The Hague University of Applied Sciences (De Haagse Hogeschool). 🙂

De Haagse Hogeschool

Interesting thing I observe today :

1. Contrary to my presumption about caucasian, Dutch people are very nice, especially the older generation.

2. Food is so expensive. Burger King’s Whopper with fries and soft drink is Eur 7.50/kg, rice is Eur 1.75 /kg, a canned Sprite is also Eur 1.75/can.

3. The city’s so quiet. I live in Den Haag, the third biggest city in Netherlands yet everything looks super empty. Granted, I’m in suburbs and it’s not really rush hour, but I don’t know, the whole city really could pass as some Zombie town.

4. The cars and motorcycles always let pedestrians crosses the street first, you don’t even have to try to stop them. They’ll stop whenever they see you on a zebra-cross.

5. Almost every shop is closed on 6.00 PM. Including fast food chain restaurant like McDonald’s ( I don’t know about if the same applies in Amsterdam tho..). Restaurant, Bars, etc still open till around 22.00 or midnight.

6. You have to bring your own bag for shopping at supermarket AND you have to make a deposit just to get a trolley (probably to make sure it’s safely returned)

7. Indonesia and Netherlands have the exact same electrical outlet. So your gadget will work right away when you’re traveling here.

8. You can drink the water straight from the tap.

9. Usually room for bathroom and WC are separated.

10. At this time of the year (August 30th), the sun sets at around 21.00.. The temperature is around 19 degrees (Probably like Puncak)

Waldorpstraat 47

(My apartment building, Waldorpstraat 47)

 All in all, it’s been a fun first day. 🙂

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  1. ibnuhabibi said, on 7 September, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Wup, wup. Leave more stories from your journey. I’m happily would read it.

  2. Pietro said, on 9 July, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Hello, I’m a student that will be living as well at Waldorpstraat 47. What are you thoughts on the building, apartment, room, and other people tenants? What problems have you incurred so far if any?

    Thank you in advance for the help!

    • mibnufajar said, on 29 March, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Sorry I just read your comment! You must have known by now, but I’ll write it anyway for the next tenant, haha

      1). The elevator broke very often, so pick lower floor
      2). Only four washing machine in the building, one of them always broke, best time to do your laundry is around 02.00 – 10.00 AM
      3). If you’re ‘lucky’ to live next to the apartment that hosts too many parties (or even live with one) then brace yourself for the noise and the after party garbage. Of course not a problem if you love partying.


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