Thursday June 16, 2016 – Still in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Thursday June 16, 2016

Sitting here eating dinner of cheese chocolate tea and some type of rice cake cracker

I find myself in the “City of Design” and I say that filled with such awe of all the architecture beauty that surrounds me, it leaves me breathless.The City of Design

All in a great way, I am being happy and just enjoying the experience of all that is around me. I am in this strange land that is simply incredible because it is mostly water, separated by little bits of land. It’s a lot like Louisiana in that way. I think I am so amazed because I come from a state experiencing a history-making 5- year drought. The lack of water is just devastating and sad back home in California…here it is everywhere, even where it is not invited. Many praises  to the Dutch for having the intelligence to work with something that can be a problem and turning a bad into something good.

After breakfast I took the water bus  (a commute boat) to the “Kinderdijk Windmills”…Preservation  at its finest

…the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here there are 19 perfectly preserved Windmills from the 18th Century.Holding back the water

It was a carefree fun day exploring  the history of keeping back the water. I managed to walk 6 miles. I met only other kind souls who were on their own life adventures, like the Dutch woman behind the corner at the Visitor’s Center . We spoke of the importance of being strong and being adventurous and setting an example for others.A beautiful bridge

Additionally I met three other English-speaking travelers, two of whom hailed from Connecticut to visit their friend who lives here. He was kind enough to give me a cheese knife to slice cheese, like the cheese I bought from a local farmer just outside the Heritage Site. It was made the traditional vegetarian organic way.Lots of cheese sheep and cow

This farm genuinely cares about the quality of its cheese, and they make sure that animals roam free to walk outside. A big yes! The farm is called BioKaas Kinderdijk. Isn’t it just like me to find the very local spin? Also, the cheese at BioKaas Kinderdijk has no E-numbers…Whatever that means…something Dutch. (It means that they don’t use additives.)Great place for Dutch cheese

I found a little bag of pot on the sidewalk this morning walking to the water bus…left it there. Don’t want to get in trouble…

Feel like there are a lot  worldwide tourists  here. Rotterdam, is after all, the second largest city in the country.Such interesting architectural  designs

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I met a very nice lady behind the counter at the Visitor’s Center. …she mentioned I should go to Antwerp instead of Brussels.  She said it was very beautiful and a better city…I am going to take her up on that…on my way back from Middelburg, Zeeland. Then from there I will head on into Belgium.

I took a little boat tour in the water at the site, but really could have done without that…I walked all of it and saw what was really important.

Came back and decided  to find a marker and maybe get some herring since yesterday was the start of a new season and the selling of this year’s catch. I came back to my hostel home to re-dress, take off the extra coats, and just keep the rain coat because of what happened yesterday getting so, so wet. THANK GOD because it was sprinkling  when I went across the street. (Mind you, this is not your average street…there’s a walkway for walkers, a bike lane for bicycles,  and let’s not forget the speeding drivers. It can be crazy, to say the least.)The half circle is the food market...fine  fun food and supplies.

Well I found the market and it is hidden in a basement…but not like anything you have every seen…check out the pictures. It has its own postcard, too. Quite, the experience. It also had a variety of the best of the best of great food stands and restaurants. The place is called Market Hall Rotterdam .It's so amazing

Will walk over there tomorrow and ask…a stone’s throw from here. I walked around and checked it out–totally impressive. The most luxurious  of the best. After picking up an apple, Maiswafel amarant crackers, and dark 85% fine bitter front German chocolate, I felt rich!

I decided I needed a bag so I walked into a store called “Habitas” to buy a little orange plastic bag to protect my treasures. The young ladies behind the counter were cute and a delight to talk with. The conversation turned to my walk from Amsterdam to Paris and my words and story was part of something greater than ourselves. The best part of that conversation was how beautiful Rotterdam  is, a place of rebirth moving forward for all this world to be a part of. We said our farewells.

I stopped for some green tea with lemon. Perfect. I went to the door to leave and it was pouring down rain like yesterday afternoon. So I stopped to write down the music I was happily listening too. I was in front of a place called Terras 21Tapas Bar. The music was hot, it made me just want to dance. They played remakes of old songs from the 60’s…for example, they played an old hit, “I Got You Babe,” by Sonny and Cher…except that it was done with a disco  beat…it was great! There were lots of other tunes to make you happy and feel like dancing.

Finally, I gave up watching the rain…The rain

…so I finally decided to just pull up my raincoat hood, walk fast, and get back over here to my warm little hostel where I sat down to eat and write.

Peace and be strong.

ZeerijpJust me...

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