Europe | Netherlands – Fun with pronounciations: Noordwijk
Hey you guys!
So, I think I’d come up to the Holland lag of the
journey. I’ve been booking all my hostels online this
time around, which is a huge novelty to me, as in the
past I tended to take chances with buying phonecards
to call hostels in advance. Sometimes this didn’t
work. Sometimes I reached old ladies yelling at me in
Czech. So having a website do my hard work for me is
such a nice luxury!! However, things seem to fill up
a lot faster when you book online. The point of this
is: waiting till the last minute, I was only able to
find a hostel in Noordwijk, Holland, on the North Sea.
Booking was the easy part…finding it was a bit more
difficult. I ended up taking two different trains and
then a random bus, somehow making it there.
My hostel in Noordwijk was situated just a few
minutes’ walk from the beach. The weather was
finicky, so swimming was pretty much ruled out.
However, I did spend a good about of time walking up
and down the beach, stopping every now and then to
make a witch’s castle. One day I was trapped by the
speedy tide on an island made when the ocean decided
to flow into the lakes that had been left behind when
the tide receded earlier in the morning. So I got to
do some wading after all!!
My hostel was spic-and-span, which was really great.
It was run by other hostellers who had ended up just
sort of hanging around. One guy had been there since
February. The bar/lounge area downstairs was a tad
cooler-than-thou, but easygoing at the same time. I
met a few neat people while I was there…they were
mostly French, actually. My last night there, I met
two guys from Phoenix, Dan and Mike, and two French
expats, Clement and Laura. The five of us grabbed a
bottle of red wine and a blanket and headed down to
the beach for some good times under the stars.
The next day I caught the free shuttle to my hostel’s
sister hostel in Amsterdam, where I’d managed to book
a bed. But my time is once again out!! I am a very
slow writer. Hope to someday catch up.
Until next time,