@cpvr Sure. Here are some of the pictures:
The caves of Limburg:
Nature around Utrecht:
As for todays economics: it's not going so well, just as in the rest of Europe. We too are dealing with the crisis and a lot of people, especially those graduating from high school and university, have difficult times finding a job. For myself it took nearly a year to find one and I wrote about a hundred letters before I got hired. The problem is that with so many unemployed (at the moment it's around 5% of our total population), companies have lots of employees to choose from. So regardless how many degrees you have, it nowadays all comes down to how much workexperience you have. What we notice now is that overqualified people who can't get a job in their workfield, are now taking the lesser jobs, making it even more harder for those who either don't have workexperience or have a lower degree to find a job. Some people, like myself, are trying to start our own businesses. But it's tough if you can only work parttime or for very low wages, and with the prices pretty high for everyday life (clothes, food, rent for a house etc.), not everyone has that opportunity. To give an example: my income combined with my husband was an above average income five years ago. Today we are almost struggling to make ends meet, even with having cut down our spendings. Our total income a month is close to 3.000 euro's (nearly 3.800 USD) and after all the basic costs are paid (groceries, rent, insurrances, taxes, gas for the car etc.) we have about 300 euro's left which we can use for buying clothes, presents for b-days, vacation, going out, savings, emergency money incase something like the wasmachine breaks and so on. And no, we don't have any debts that eat away the major part of those 2700 euro's (luckily we're debt free), we don't have a big house, nor an expensive car, have the latest fashion or what so ever. Living in the Netherlands is just that expensive.