Hallo allemaal (Hi everybody),
This is me. Manon.
The Mastermind behind ‘Visiting The Dutch Countryside’, a travelblog about The Netherlands created by a born and raised Dutch citizen. Honestly, it has been frustrating, incredible and nerve-wracking to make this website. And to see it go live. I was shitting myself. But I knew something. I wanted to do this. I wanted to help people to explore The Netherlands beyond the crowds.
I am Manon, 24 years old. I am born and raised in a small Dutch village up North in the province of Noord- Holland. I won’t give you my coordinates, but it’s approximately 1,5 hour to Amsterdam by public transport. I’ve been living all this time in a country that has so much to offer, but people don’t see it. And that’s what I’m about to change with this travelblog about The Netherlands.
This website is the result of a thesis, that I passed, and of my ambitious brain that doesn’t have a plan B. A little backstory, okay?
I had a hard time to figure out the subject of my thesis, like everyone I suppose. However, I was a little selfish (in a good way), that I didn’t want a company to get a free research. Therefore I wanted to do something that I could use in the nearby future.
I was thinking long and hard. I came up with ideas about my previous blog. But they were shit ideas. That’s what the teachers thought as well. So they gave me a bit of a push into the direction of creating an editorial formula. And eventually, months passed. They passed quite quickly, to be honest. So did the summer holiday. I still didn’t have my final idea.
Until one day my teacher gave me the best idea ever. Credits to him, for sure. My name already had The Netherlands in it, I saw a news article on a Dutch website about how tourism isn’t spreading in The Netherlands and there it was. I had my idea. A travelblog about The Netherlands, that’s it.
Fast forward to now. I’m a graduate and have my Bachelor of Arts. But that’s not the thing I’m most proud of. What I’m proud of is the fact that I stuck to trying to do something for me. And that it’s finally here. After months and months of hard work (day and night) and getting sick several times because I was pushing my body too much, I made it at least this far. ‘Visiting The Dutch Countryside’ is live, and is my life work. It’s not perfect. But it’ll never be. I am a bit of a perfectionist.
Every week more articles will be added, more destinations and you will be surprised by all the beautiful places that are in The Netherlands. You will imagine sitting on top of the dunes, watching a beautiful sunset that slowly dissolves into the North Sea. Or looking at tulip fields from above, out of a small airplane. Or even skydiving out of an airplane above the island of Texel, while you see everything getting bigger from ants to normal sized.
The Netherlands is a country that is underrated in its whole. We all know the city of Amsterdam. But do you know the city? The same is for the entire country. You know The Netherlands, or so you think. But do you know it?
Not unless you are using my website to guide you through my beautiful country. If you have any questions I am always happy to answer them. You can leave them in the comments or send me an email at visitingthedutchcountryside[@]gmail.com. I will get back to you as soon as I can.