More posts by Ryan Bender

Brasserie Harkema

Dining at Harkema in Amsterdam

Hip Restaurant in Amsterdam

If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to splash out on your last night of vacation – go to Brasserie Harkema – it’s sleek and sexy without being stuffy. The food is tasty – a leetle on the pricey side if you’re used to being a budget traveler – but totally worth it.… Continue Reading →

Devil’s Lake State Park

Wisconsin’s Largest State Park Turns 100 This Year

About half a million years ago the eastern half of Wisconsin was pummeled flat by glaciers. The western half, which escaped this brutal punishment, is home to some of the most beautiful, primeval and unique scenery on earth – the driftless region.

One of the best ways to explore this geologic wonderland is with a trip to Devil’s Lake State Park. … Continue Reading →

Boom Chicago

Boom Chicago

American Improv Comedy in the Heart of Amsterdam

Wanna see where Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis cut their comedy teeth? Head to Boom Chicago at the Rozentheater to witness tomorrow’s comedy stars today.

All of the performers are American and the show is in English – but they frequently reference their experiences as expats living among the Dutch.… Continue Reading →

De Beiaard

Restaurant and Bar in Central Amsterdam

Located on the Spui, near ABC Bookstore and the Amsterdam Museum, this restaurant is our go-to choice for dinner in Central Amsterdam. Like your favorite sweater, it’s old, comfortable and always there for you.

The beer list is respectable, with a pan-European assortment of the good and the great.… Continue Reading →

Randy Roy’s Red Light Tour

Red Light District, Amsterdam

Everything You Wanted To Know About Paying For Sex, But Were Afraid To Ask

Randy Roy has found her calling in life: exposing tourists to the world’s oldest profession in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. She will take you physically (and morally) down the main streets and back alleyways of this (in)famous neighborhood.… Continue Reading →

Hortus Botanicus

Greenhouses and Gardens Galore in Central Amsterdam

Horus Botanicus is a quiet sanctuary amidst the traffic and noise of central Amsterdam. Located behind brick walls in the Plantage district, 4000 species call its 7 greenhouses and expansive outdoor gardens home.

The gardens were founded 1638 when the city needed an herb garden where doctors and pharmacists could prepare prescription medicines.… Continue Reading →

Texel: Get On Your Bikes And Ride!

Biking around Texel in the Netherlands

Texel (pronounced TES-sel) is an island retreat located off of the north coast of the Netherlands. This is a cyclist’s paradise, even by Dutch standards (and that is saying something). You can reach it from Amsterdam by taking a train, then a bus and then a ferry-which sounds like a hassle, but actually isn’t – it’s totally worth it once you get there.… Continue Reading →

Central Waters Brewery

Small brewery proves it is easy being green

Central Waters Brewing Company is just off of US 10 in the small town of Amherst, WI. They are known for their quality beer and to commitment to sustainability (They’re Wisconsin’s first green powered brewery).

We arrived at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and the tap room was packed.… Continue Reading →

Vleminckx Sausmeesters French Fries

Belgian Frites in Amsterdam

They’re better than fries — they’re frites.

You know the feeling: it’s the middle of the afternoon, and you’ve been walking all day enjoying the sites of the city, and now you’re hungry. Lunch was two museums ago, and dinner isn’t for ages. The solution? Vleminckx Frites at 33 Voetboogstraat, just off the Spui in the center of Amsterdam.… Continue Reading →