From my point of view as a first time voter, three major differences between federal elections in the Netherlands and Canada are immediately apparent. First, there are a lot more parties to choose from - somewhere between a dizzying 28 and 31.
I walked around in silence between 11:00 until 11:11 in the morning, then it felt appropriate to sing O'Canada. I sang in a few different places around the cemetery for those that rest here. I was inspired to participate in an act of remembrance, as I am each time I visit one of these cemeteries on Canadian soil in the Netherlands. Being present, wearing a poppy and singing our national anthem is my gift of thanks.
We travelled to Prague for our wedding anniversary this year, Prague is the capital of what was once Bohemia, then the Czechoslovakia, then the Czech Republic and actually now technically Czechia. It's a busy city, bustling with tourists and really regular locals going about their life around the hordes of gawkers.
In July of this year, I had the opportunity to meet up with a Canadian friend and his family in Hungary for a tour around Budapest before they proceeded to a family reunion the following week. I booked the cheapest travel possible, which worked out to be a 21-hour bus ride from Amsterdam arriving a couple days before my friend. That was ok! I had Budapest to explore, and my camera in hand.