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Windmills and Herrings

Only in Holland!

sunny 14 °C

Woke up around 9am with the sun shining through the skylight and it was another beautiful day.
We eventually rose from our sleeping bags at around 10:30 and Beer and Martijn prepared a monster breakfast. It consisted of fruit, yogurt, muesli, bread, spreads, Cheese and some random aniseed flavored sprinkles that you put on bread along with cucumber, tomatoes and so much more.
Stuffed to the gills they then took us on a tour of nearby areas in Beers dads car. It was nice to see some more of Holland and nice to be driven around for once.
Our first stop was Scheveningen which is a local touristy beach/fishing port. It was nice to walk along the beach and we had a surprise when there was a Kite exhibition of all sorts of amazing creations. My favorite was one that looked like a super hero shooting across the sky
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although the large Manta Ray was impressive also!

After the long walk our guides decided that a traditional seaside snack was in order. This consists of a filleted raw Herring covered in diced onion. Sounded lovely! (?).
You eat it by holding it by the tail and dropping it head first into your mouth. Jayne had one of these....
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whereas I fancied Kibbeling (fish cheeks battered and fried!) which was much more normal!

It was an interesting experience and actually tasted really good!

We met Beer's parents as we returned the car and her dad offered to drive us back to Leiden (we were going to get the train). Her mother also made us some nice green tea and we ate strange aniseed sweets that were filled with a salty weirdness that made you pull a yukky face when they popped open!
Back in the apartment I considered a power nap while Jayne went for a run around the local park.
As soon as she came back we headed for the local kebab shop for a 'Hairdresser'. This is actually called a Kapsalan and was invented by Hairdressers who basically wanted everything in the kebab shop in one tin tub. It's chips, kebab meat, salad, cheese, mayo, chilly sauce all mashed up in a tub. It was luuuuush!
Time for a fairly early night as our hosts and us were still suffering the effects of the Belgium beer the night before.

Tomorrow we leave Holland and head to Cologne, Germany for Oktoberfest fun !

Posted by Chris_Jayne_RTW 23:28 Archived in Netherlands

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One of these days you guys will eat something that severely disagrees with you lol!! Cool photos

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