Day in Haarlem
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It was time to leave Amsterdam, so I had to pack everything, and say goodbye to the people that I have met in this hostel. After checking out, I walked to Central Station, and had to buy a ticket from the desk, since the machine was not accepting my credit card or cash, which I thought was unusual. And buying from a desk, a fee is charged, which is retarded.
I got on the train, and it left Amsterdam, and headed to Haarlem. Along the way during the ride, I got to see a windmill and farmland, which used to be part of the North Sea. The ride was short, and once I arrived, I hopped on a bus to my next hostel.
I was not sure where to get off, as the guidebook was not clear about that. I kept looking for street signs, hoping I did not miss my stop. When I passed the street that I think I was suppose to get off at, I quickly got off, and went back to that street.
I checked in and dropped my things off. Since it was off-season, there was plenty of room. The place did have more of a hotel feel. Afterwards, it was a bus ride back to town. Then walked to the main square.
I walked around Market Square, mainly looking at the buildings in the area, like the Town Hall and Meat Hall. Not nearly crowded, as the place does seem to have more locals. Then I went to Grote Kerk, which is the large church building that stands out the most in the square.
When exiting the church, I followed the signs to the Frans Hals Museum. As it turned out, it was a mistake, because I was led around a block, when going down a narrow street would have been faster. The museum was located on what appeared to be a quiet, residential street. More about the museum in the review here.
After the museum, I went to the De Adriaan Windmill. With Holland being known for windmills, I figure that I visit one of them. I did not have too much trouble finding it, and I did make it for the last tour. More about touring the windmill in the review here.
Afterwards, I walked around the windmill, getting a better view of it.
I would head back to the hostel, and just take care of some business. I had to do some laundry, and the tough part was the dial, which was in Dutch only. I had to ask one of the staff to help out with that.
I spent the rest of the day, trying to plan out my next day, as I considered doing 4 towns in 1 day. And get to meet the only other person sharing the same room as me.