Are we dedicated to this blog, or what? Today is Sunday, June 19th and yes, it’s another post from Noordwjik, the beach town we are in in the Netherlands (Holland). The frequency of these posts no doubt is related to the fact that we have free internet access. We realize that part of our experiences on the road will be the places we are staying. This place is something else, alright. It is very much like a commune. The people who work here also live here and are 20something year-olds. They work for a free room and free food. It is the craziest place with techno (club) music blaring until 5:00am every night. Of course we brought lots of earplugs so this isn’t the problem. We just shake our heads everytime we walk into the common area. There are people drinking, smoking pot, cooking in the kitchen, and hanging out on the floor area that’s covered with pillows. Michele just opened a bottle of wine which she can drink out of at the bar until 8:00pm as long as she writes her name on it (we wrote about that in the last post).
Last night we went to the beach and watched the most incredible sunset. We have been hanging out with Brian, Steve, and Russ from Los Angeles. We went to dinner last night with them then to the beach. We treated ourselves to a dinner that costs close to $50 but my God, it was good. We went to a pancake house which is not like it is in the US. This pancake house had about 150 things on the menu. You can get a pancake – which is like a monster spongy bread tortilla thing – and then get it filled with almost anything. Mike got lamb and Michele got 4 cheese. For dessert we got an ice cream pancake with Amaretto liquor, whipped cream and toasted almonds. Yum! A funny thing we want to mention while thinking of it is that people bring their pets to outdoor cafes and to fast food places here and in Amsterdam. Michele took a picture of a cat sitting at a bar stool waiting for service and will upload that when she gets the chance. Here in Noordwijik we see people with their dogs sitting next to them eating dinner.
Anyway, after dinner we walked 10 feet to the beach and watched the sunset. After the sun set and it became dusk, all the fishermen came out, set up their poles, and threw their nets out into the ocean. When we came in from the beach at midnight it was not quite dark yet.
This morning we went to the beach and WOAH! How many people can you possible fit on a beach? We wish we could upload pictures because you can not believe how many people go to this beach – and oh, yes, we are in Europe! Many women are topless, men are in speedos, and the national past time here is smoking cigarettes and drinking beer. Before we left the US we were so annoyed when we had to eat or do anything around people smoking but when people are smoking everywhere you go, you just get used to it. So, we hung out at the beach today and it was record heat for Noordwjik, which is about 90 degrees but there’s no humidity. We also realized there was a statue of some kind on every grassy knoll by the beach so we looked at those then went to the grocery store to buy food to cook for dinner (salad, pasta, and seafood plus snacks for about $15).
So, at this time we are “hanging out” at the beach house having a couple drinks, watching people play pool, chatting, and planning our sunset viewing at the beach again tonight. Tomorrow morning we are off to Amsterdam again where we will spend one night before going to Denmark. Tomorrow is a business day in Amsterdam since we have to find a laundry mat, do our laundry, and will try to upload photos at the public library. We booked a room at some place that was cheap and near the train station – probably not a good combination – but hey, that’s part of the adventure. If we have time we may hit one more museum tomorrow. See ya!
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