I heard a joke the other day: “I really like Dutch summers – it’s the nicest day of the year.” Sad, but true. My favorite season can easily be missed by blinking or sneezing. But no fear – I have some tips to help you survive these rainy, cold Dutch extended falls aka summers.
1. Never leave home without an umbrella. Actually, this is isn’t as much a tip as a way of life in the Netherlands. The heavens have a tendency to open at any given moment – regardless of the season.
2. If the sun appears, you need to be outside. Make your way outside alongside tourists and locals alike to soak up as much Vitamin D as possible. Let me extend that statement – even if the sun isn’t out, as long as it’s not pouring rain – go outside. It’s still oddly warm, so get some fresh air, and take advantage of the many outdoor activities during the summer such as Pluk de Nacht, the open air film festival.
3. Layers are your friend. The temperature can vary about 10 degrees (F) in one day, so layer up. Doesn’t hurt if one of those layers is a rain jacket. Oh yea, I strongly recommend leather or waterproof shoes.
4. If the depressing weather doesn’t stop, go to one of the many museums. Amsterdam has over 50 museums! At this rate, I will get to see all of them. Here’s the view from the EYE Film Museum, in between the rain. I highly recommend EYE, Van Gogh, and FOAM (the photography museum).
5. Just go with it. I cannot tell you how many times it just started pouring and I’ve caught myself watching Dutch people on their bikes, continuing on their merry way like the gallons of rain weren’t even affecting them. During the Gay Pride Celebration, people just kept dancing in the street – even during the downpour – cause a party don’t quit just because the weather is off for a few hours.
Besides, after the storm it’s always a beautiful, so enjoy it while you can :)!
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