Mieke came to Haarlem last weekend and we had a fabulous time. After she arrived on Saturday we wandered around Haarlem. I showed her the Amsterdam Poort, market square and took her down the little alleyways.
Just after lunch we went to the Corrie Ten Boom Museum, which is literally around the corner from my house. It is a lesser known hiding place but there have still been plenty of films and books made to honour the story of the Ten-Booms. All I can say is it’s worth a visit and it’s free but it’s very religious…
Then we cycled down to Zandvoort beach. What was a lovely cycle there turned into a battle of us vs the wind on arrival, so we rode almost straight back after snapping a couple of pictures by the coast ha! It was nice to get out but I think that’s my visits to the beach done until late Jan/Feb.
In the eve we decided to head to Amsterdam for dinner, drinks and a bit of dancing with Ellie and her friend Alice who was also visiting! After eating in a very nice restaurant I can only describe the nightlife as a smaller and colder Magaluf strip of sorts. We went into a couple of really cheesy bars, had some shots and jumped on the last train home to avoid figuring out the buses.
On Sunday we woke up at a reasonable time and went back to Dam for a free walking tour. We arrived a little early so went around the shopping centre and saw an elephant exhibition that had been in Nottingham when we were at uni so that was quite nice to see again!
I cannot express how cold the tour was…I broke my boots a couple of weeks ago and trainers just do not cut it. Once your feet get cold that’s it – your done! But I did enjoy walking about nonetheless. I’m addicted to the step tracker on my iPhone so was very proud of 24,000 steps.
After the tour we got chips and mayo from the chip stand I have eaten at far too many times now. (They’re awesome though it’s right by central station.) A repeat of the Anne Frank museum was our next stop before going to the slightly less cultural sex museum; although some would argue that point.
If you imagine anything and everything that is tacky and related to penises and prostitution, it was in there. For €4 it was worth a giggle but by the end of it we were ready to head home!
Sunday was date night in the Smedestraat household (that’s my street) and we cooked the traditional roast butternut squash. A year or so ago we spent near enough 5/6 hours cooking one in a broken oven so thought we’d pay tribute to that fond memory.
I had Monday off work so we went back to Dam to wander Vondelpark, Museum Square/Plein, get the standard “Iamsterdam” selfie and bought more chips with truffle mayo…26,000 steps later it was time to say our goodbyes most probably until the New Year.
I’m looking forward to this exam being over and getting my social life back now 😁😁😁. Every weekend in Haarlem should be an adventure! (At least that’s the plan).