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PotomacCyclist
05-10-2014, 06:08 PM
Netherlands Embassy, part of the European Union Embassies' Open House today

Dutch foods and tulip chairs in the courtyard.

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Then inside the embassy itself, what is the first thing you see?

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A tablet computer showed video of people riding bikes in the Netherlands. This is actually a pedal-powered car, no gas engine involved.

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PotomacCyclist
05-10-2014, 06:10 PM
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This is the sculpture on a table next to the desk in the ambassador's office.

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They did have additional programming, not just bikes. Heineken beer on tap, info about water policy, the military and household items from a 3D design contest. One of the items -- a 3D printed bike bell.

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bobco85
05-10-2014, 10:24 PM
Nice photos, especially that one of the bike sculpture (I want that) in the Dutch ambassador's office!

I, too, was at the Dutch embassy today. I ended up talking with a woman about the advocacy that the Netherlands has done for cycling in various American cities which turned into talking about commuting by bike (hers is a 40 minute trip that avoids Tilden) since Bike to Work Day is coming up.

I'll add some pics to the mix:

lady in traditional Dutch garb with her bicycle (I loved the design on the panniers)
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another angle of the diamond ring bike bell
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I believe I found a new cyclist food: poffertjes (similar to miniature pancakes), traditionally served with butter and powdered sugar on top - I could eat a million of these!
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