21 September 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland

Back in May, I took a long weekend. It was short, just a three-night stay from Friday to Monday. But I must say, it was quite a fantastic trip. I remember having a positive impression of it more than my two-week stay in Mexico. I don't exactly know why, but I have some ideas. In any case, this trip to southern Holland was a blast.

See, I booked this semi-last minute. I wanted to get away for a little bit, so I booked a flight to Amsterdam for early Friday morning. It took me to Amsterdam early enough, that I was already at my hotel at around 8:30 AM. I wasn't staying in Amsterdam: I decided to base myself in the city of Leiden instead. I also decided that I would just take the train all over the place.

So on Friday, I found myself exploring Dordrecht as well as Delft. On Saturday, I was in Den Haag and Gouda. On Sunday, I was in Middelburg. And on Monday, before I left I explored Leiden. I liked seeing these smaller Dutch cities, cementing this impression that the Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam. A lot of visitors seem to not go beyond Amsterdam, but I must say it is definitely very worth it to go beyond and check out these smaller towns.

Of course, pictures will follow. So stay tuned. There will be canals, water, and cute houses lined up against each other.


  1. Oh yes, these sinking houses! I was doing research on sinking apartment buildings in Nantes this summer and all the results were about sinking apartment buildings in Amsterdam. Apparently, it's common over there, something to do with the structure.

    1. Zhu,

      I remember being absolutely surprised to know how much the amount of land they have that was reclaimed from the sea. If I were Dutch, I would definitely be worried about global warming, as the way their land is set up, reclaimed by pushing back against the sea, can be worrisome, if you imagine the sea level rising constantly.