A Day at the Beach in Den Haag
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On to the seaside resort
neighborhood of Scheveningen, via the tram where Rudolph taught us how to use
strippenkaarten - a strip card you use to get around by bus or tram in the
At Scheveningen (I used the
mnemonic “shave a ninja” to pronounce it), Rudolph introduced us by pointing
out the grand Kurhaus, a massive
hotel opened in the nineteenth century.
On foot we trekked much of the pier towards the dunes and views of defense bunkers built by occupying German forces during WWII. Our tour guide (lol) went on to explain how the dunes supply Den Haag with a high-quality, natural supply of filtered water. From the dunes we rode the tram to the other end of the waterfront to check out the kite surfers and lighthouse of Scheveningen and then walked about the inner harbors before the long tram ride back to Rudolph’s home.
Here we met Rudolph’s
charming wife Jacomien, who was busy in the kitchen preparing a fabulous meal
for us. Kim joined Jacomien in the
kitchen while I received an in-depth introduction to Dutch politics as the
election for their EU representative was this week.
Dinner featured rijsttafel, Indonesian cuisine with a Dutch twist. Realize I do terrible injustice by trying to describe this, but it was something like a buffet, with a big bowl of rice surrounded by tons of separate dishes: spicy green beans, tofu, meat balls, freshly pickled cucumbers, prawn chips and tiny shrimp with lettuce were just a few. Candle powered heating plates were laid out to warm most of the dishes and you placed a portion of whichever you liked beside your rice and perhaps added some of the seasoning sauce (phonetically ‘sambal’, please forgive the spelling) and enjoyed. The only caveat was that you are not supposed to mix things together, which diminishes the flavor of each dish. It was a terrific meal savored over more conversation.
Kim and Jacomien had much in
common: both with