Den Haag, Netherlands day 4 of trip
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
96Trip End May 31, 2011
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One of the things that kept recurring on the trip was the question of whether or not to buy tickets for the trains. It seemed like the people who check the tickets on the train never came around and that was especially true for 5 minute trips. It seemed like you could just hop on the train and hop off. Every once and a while we would just hop on and hope for the best if we didn't have to buy tickets. Usually we would buy tickets, especially for longer trips. The trains are very frequent in Netherlands, so it makes it easy to just hop on a train and then get off 5 minutes later without paying for a ticket. Of course you are only saving 2 euros when the train only takes 5 minutes, but that still adds up when you are traveling
When we arrived to Den Haag we started walking around the city and spent the better part of an hour looking for the tourist office. We walked through all sorts of streets and found tons of CD shops. It seemed like everyone was riding a bike and there were all sorts of bikes in the streets that were chained up to anything you could imagine. On the way to the tourist office to get a map and some advice on where to go, we ended up in the middle of a book market. I love books and wanted to see if they by chance had any English books. I wasn't betting on it, but I figured it was worth a look because I need to pick up a new book since I am running out of them at the moment. It was to my surprise that there were quite a few English books at the fair actually. They were all relatively cheap because most the books were used
After the book fair we finally found the tourist office and the lady gave us a free map and recommended a few places on the map too. We ended up walking around the city and spotted a few things of interest. First we found an old cathedral that was rather interesting, but we weren't able to go in because it was closed. We headed over to the gardens outside of the palace and that was pretty cool to walk around in even though it was covered in snow. We found an outside public urinal. That was pretty interesting because it didn't have anything to cover you with, it was basically just a toilet outside. We also spent a lot of time just admiring the canals and buildings in the streets
After a pretty tranquil day in Den Haag, we ended up relaxing the rest of the day in Voorburg too. We researched a few things on the internet about New Years Eve in Amsterdam and grabbed some food in Voorburg around our hotel. Tomorrow was going to be a big day because it was New Years Eve and this was one of the most important days of the trip.
On to the countdown......in at #4
4. Chicago, IL- Even though the Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs are from this city I still enjoy it a lot
It has 3 extremely tall buildings and tons of other very tall buildings that make the skyline very impressive. It has roots in old blues music and still shows some of it today. They have an awesome skate park and some other unique ones around the city too. I was able to skate in a park under an old bridge with trains and cars running over the top of it. I enjoyed that a lot because it felt like an authentic big city.
Wrigley Field, although home to the cubs, is a very unique place and excellent for even non baseball fans to take in one game. Wrigleyville is a great area for shopping and it has many unique stores for the non-shopper like myself.
Michigan Ave. is a pretty neat area to walk around in and has a lot of fancy stores and is home to the John Hancock Building. You can take in the big city feel when you are walking down this street.There is a cool beach on Michigan Lake and there are so many neighborhoods that surround the city
Chinatown is also excellent. I tend to go there every single time I go to Chicago. It is very popular during the day and has a lot of people running around. I always go to a restaurant called Three Happiness. It's great food and cheap too.
Until next time,