Off the Beaten Track

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
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Trip End Jul 05, 2011


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It was so awesome to sleep in a proper bed in Roermond! We woke up totally rested and ready to run around Holland, but it was raining pretty hard. So we ate a gigantic breakfast instead! Eggs, bacon, bread, Nutella, peanut butter, vegetables, and sprinkles? The Dutch put sprinkles on their bread-- sprinkles that we would put on cupcakes or cookies. They butter some bread and throw a bunch of sprinkles on it! We thought this was pretty hilarious, but it turned out to be delicious. 

 After checking the weather, we decided that it would be best to hang out in Roermond for the day and save our adventuring for the next day(hoping for no rain). The weather report suggested that the rain would subside in the afternoon, so we killed time around the apartment to wait for the weather to improve. We watched TV, caught up on internet stuff, and did a TON of laundry. We've needed to do laundry since leaving the extreme heat in Sevilla, which was about two weeks ago. 

 The rain stopped in mid-afternoon, so we drove into the center of the city.  Our other Dutch friends thought it was hilarious that we were going to Roermond because it is very small and very much off the usual tourist route, but it was really beautiful! Lots of nice churches and a lovely walk along the river. There was a giant carnival going on in the center of town, which the Dutch call a "fun fair." This fun fair was definitely more fun than any fair in the US-- there were cartoons of half-naked ladies everywhere and all of the attractions were blasting techno music. There were also cartoon versions of American pop stars on a number of the booths (Michael Jackson, 50 Cent...) Very funny. We had the Dutch version of funnel cake, which was simply a giant ball of the stuff they make funnel cake out of. 
 
We went to a giant cheese shop to pick up some Gouda for later. Gouda is made in Holland and it is really delicious. The man in the cheese shop was particularly hilarious-- while we were looking at the cheese, he produced a giant plastic cheese wheel for us to pose in pictures with. Called it the "tourist cheese," haha. I didn't realize it was made of plastic, so I took it first expecting it to weight a TON. Definitely hollow plastic...  After the cheese shop, we walked along the water to a huge outlet mall. In Germany, all of the shops are closed on Sunday, so Roermond is very popular with German shoppers.  Roermond is only a few minutes by train from the German border, so tons of Germans pour in on Sundays, so many that the shore employees greet you in German! The outlet mall had hundreds of cute little lampposts with flowers hanging from them, so I have about 20 of the same picture from different angles and with different arrangements of flowers. I couldn't help myself! They were too cute.
We went to the grocery store so we could pick up food for dinner. Daniel suggested we try salmon because we are so close to Norway, so we got fillets for dinner and lox for lunch the next day. Back at the house, we baked the salmon and made some potatoes and salad to go along with it-- delicious! After dinner, we all tried to play a Dutch game that was basically music trivia. We thought it would be semi-successful because half of the cards were about American artists, but we were absolutely terrible at it. Daniel had to translate every card and we didn't know half of the American artists anyways, but it was still really fun. We eventually gave up on the game and instead shared the most popular youtube videos from American/Holland with one another. They have a Jersey Shore equivalent set in Den Haag, and it is just as ridiculously terrible as ours! Glad we have that in common. We all stayed up way too late talking, which in hindsight was probably foolish since we had planned a tour of central Holland for the next morning. Oh well, it was certainly worth being tired to spend so much nice time with Daniel! Will post about our little tour soon. Vaarwel!
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Mom on

Chocolate sprinkles on your bagel? I'm going to try it! The photos look great after a cleansing rain...very bright and clean. The cheese shop looks so wonderful.....made my hit my refrig cheesy snack. Thanks for the blog; I thought the town was lovely.

Aaron on

That sounds like a nice segment. Its cool you guys can hang with Daniel!! I want that cheese wheel.... i'd hang it on the wall.... it would be a great discussion piece... i would name it Mr. Cheesey...

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