Netherlands

In lovely Amsterdam prior to cruise, 1992

Amsterdam is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Have visited twice and I absolutely love this place! You should visit Amsterdam for its beautiful canals, architecture and explosive night life. Visitors also enjoy the natural beauty of the country featured in the Hogue Veluwe National Park, the flower fields of Keukenhof, and the windmills in the village of Kinderdijk.

Temperate Netherlands is also known as Holland! The capital city is Amsterdam. There are approximately 18 million people living here. The official language of the country is Dutch, with Frisian as the official language of the Fryslan province, and English as the official language in Amsterdam. Dutch people practice both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.  

One fun fact is that the Dutch are the largest beer exporters in the world!

Dominican Republic

6 summers of volunteering at Outreach 360 in Monte Cristi, near the Haitian border Outreach360 has been working in Latin America since 1994, and our family began volunteering in 2013 through 2018 in the Dominican Republic.  Outreach is such a wonderful program that...

Mauritania

Jim's Perspectives: Where to start? I'm so conflicted about this place because I had such a wonderful time ... in this disaster of a country! Of the 183 countries I've visited to date, I think it's the poorest I've visited. Let's start with the good: The Azalia...

Philippines

Country Information: The Philippines are an archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. The capital of Philippines is Manila, and there are approximately 110, million here. The official language of the Philippines is Filipino and English, with the...