Relaxing in Nord Holland - Day 27
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After bumming around the morning of tuesday the 19th in Amsterdam, we caught a train to a small town called Heiloo. It was only a half hour by train from Amsterdam, but it was quite a different place indeed. Quiet, peaceful, and cute, it had lots of character. Much greenery abounded in the form of trees, grass, and shrubs and bushes everywhere. This is a departure from the relatively un-green city of Amsterdam, which had some nice trees but not much else that was green.
Here we had a Servas host waiting for us, and after a short walk from the train station we were welcomed into his house. We were tired, so we just hung out with Marc, our host, the rest of the night.
At this point in our trip we seemed to hit a bit of a wall from an energy standpoint. We really weren't very motivated to do anything for the next 2-3 days, so we mostly just relaxed. One of the days we did take a train to the nearby town of Horne upon the recommendationi of Marc. This was a picturesque town on the coast of the North Sea, and is the first time with have been to any ocean/sea areas on our trip.
That night we decided to cook for our host. Using my (Eli's) mom's spaghetti recipe that we love, we had to do some converting of amounts and then went grocery shopping. This is always an adventure as of course ingredients aren't the same in English as in Dutch, but fortunately our trusty host was there to help us. Some items aren't exactly the same (couldn't find tomato paste, for example), so we had to improvise somewhat. I think it turned out quite well.
The last night with Marc we did Chinese take-out from a nearby restaurant. We ordered what was known as the "Thai Rice Table", which is essentially a sampler assortment of all kinds of food. Even though it was intended for two people, it was plenty for the three of us.
Overall, we had a nice relaxing time in Nord Holland. We maybe didn't cram in a whole lot of sightseeing and activities, but we can't just run around like crazy college kids anymore, and we received much-needed R & R. We're getting old, I suppose.
Til next time!