Category Archives: Holland

Off to Rotterdam, Dammit!

The train station in Haarlem was beautiful, with mosaics that looked almost socialist. There was some confusion in the Haarlem ticket office about how my Eurail pass worked. I had to run back and forth between the office and the … Continue reading

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I amsterdam: Touristing in the City

On Sunday I wasn’t planning on doing too much, but the sun was out for the first time since I arrived and I couldn’t waste it. We take our sunshine for granted in Southern California. I decided to take a … Continue reading

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I amsterdam: Just Hangin’ in Haarlem

I wanted to stay local and do some laundry on Saturday, so I found a laundromat and stuffed my clothes in the reusable grocery bag I had bought at the market. If you ever do want to “blend in” with … Continue reading

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I amsterdam: A Day at the Museums

Friday was a cloudy day, and after another breakfast of eggs benedict I headed to the museums. I took the city bus, and the driver yelled at me for not understanding that you need a special card to wave in … Continue reading

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I amsterdam: Arrival in Haarlem

I checked into my hotel in Harlaam, Carlton Square Hotel, late Wednesday night. The hotel is nicer and more boutiquey than I could tell from the website. The bed is so soft and cozy¬†and the bathtub is huge. The¬†hotel is … Continue reading

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Freak Valley Fest in Germany: Another European Adventure Begins

After visiting Italy last year, I figured it would be years before I had another opportunity to travel. It’s really expensive. But then Bob’s band got scheduled to play a festival in the western part of Germany and built a … Continue reading

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