No, the Amsterdammers don’t have Fondue, Mountains nor Heidi. But they have some other awesome things we should get inspired with. Have you ever heard of Bitterballen?
REAL Bike lanes
Come on Switzerland, you can do better. Of course, it will be impossible to beat Amsterdam. But still, you can improve. Almost every street has it’s bike lane, mostly separate from the road. Just great. If you plan to travel around the Netherlands you should try the Fiets Route Planner. A great tool which lets you find the best routes (race, nature, chill).
These a great for rowing, ice-skating and borrels (apéros). This might be a bit tricky to build in Lausanne, but you have that awesome lake. I guest the lake wins, I would definitively not go for a swim in those canals. Even if princess Maxima (!!!) did it.
FREE public transportation, this is awesome! Cross the IJ by day and night without a penny. You will find them just behind the central train station – More information here. Is there any place in Switzerland where you can find free public transportation? I can’t think of any.
One card to rule them all. Visit virtually any museum in the Netherlands for free. Yeah, actually you’ll have to pay 55 euros first. Beat that Switzerland and your Federalism. Get yours on their horrible website. If you are living here it is worth it. After 2 months we already “amortized” them.
The jukebox for iPhone! Via you iPhone you can choose the music that should be played in the bar. This is a great idea even if old jukeboxes look so much better than your new iPhone C. But with the jukebox, you can’t do this.
A wheelbarrow for your child, actually for your 6 children. Only possible in this flat land. Try riding down le “petit chène” in Lausanne with this. This is a Bakfiets
Most awesome food ever invented by humanity! Yeah, at least by the Dutch. They are usually not so much of big chefs you know… But if you come to the Netherlands, you have to try this. Fried, deeeeep fried… stuff. No idea what they put inside, but it’s served with mustard. Yummy.
There are also things that should stay in the Netherlands like Broodbeleg for example