T and I went to Delft, Netherlands for a day trip. It was a quick one hour train ride. We were starving when we arrived so we ate lunch at a place called Kek. I received the restaurant recommendation from another blogger.
Kek did not disappoint. T and I ordered the delicious American Pancakes. Four small sized pancakes were stacked on top of each other. The fruit, syrup and topping added a nice touch. We each ate dragon fruit (the small triangle piece of fruit on the right side of the pancake) for the first time. T made the comment “notice that the portion sizes are smaller” and I laughed and said “I was still hungry”, so I drank my juice – ha, ha! My pressed juice was filling and I ordered an energy shot of who knows what. I definitely drank my recommended amount of vegetables and fruits for the day – ha, ha!
Churches: New and Old
Delft has two churches in town. One church is called Nieuwe Church or New Church.
The other church is called Oude Kerk or Old Church. Oude Kerk is called the Leaning Tower of Delft because it leans.
Staples of the Netherlands – Windmill and Wooden Clog
Het Blauwe Hart
Keeping Delft Clean
Of course we had to purchase Delft Blue (Delfts Blauw) items. Delft Blue items have been produced in Delft since the 17th century.
T was a knight with a wooden sword and shield – ha, ha!
Ribs, Beer, and a Blanket
We ate dinner at Het Konings Huys. We enjoyed a beer made by monks called Trappist Beer. T really enjoyed his ribs as they fell off of the bone while he ate them. He was STILL talking about the tasty ribs the next day! He stayed warm with a blanket that the restaurant offered, which was a nice gesture since it was cold outside.
The Netherlands had record breaking temperatures last week. At one point, when I looked at my watch, it was 101 degrees Fahrenheit! It was warmer here, while Houston was having a “cold front”. The apartments in Amsterdam do not have air con (short for air conditioning, as the locals call it), ours being one of them. Our apartment has been remodeled and is pretty energy efficient, but still can get really HOT.
The dogs and I escaped to WeWork, where T’s office is located. The front office staff at WeWork are always so welcoming. The concept of WeWork is that everyone rents office space so that they have a place to work. Start-up and established companies are located throughout the building. The companies at WeWork may have many employees or one, etc. WeWork offices are located all over the world and even in Houston. Often times, I go to WeWork and write for my blog.
The dogs and I were very happy to be in the air-conditioning at WeWork!
In Amsterdam, there are bicycles EVERYWHERE! Bike riders in Amsterdam are very skilled, I have seen people holding hands while riding their bikes, riding their bike with one hand or no hands, and riding their bike while pulling another bike. One person may pedal his/her bike while another person rides on the back or front of his/her bike. You may also see one person pedaling his/her bike with a rider in the front of the bike AND a rider on the back of the bike. Bike riders eat, drink, smoke, and text while pedaling too. A new law has been put into place regarding no texting while riding a bicycle. Also, most of the bike riders do not wear helmets. If you are accidentally walking in the bike lane, the bike rider will ring their bell which is a signal telling you to “get out of my way!”. I upgraded my mountain bike and made it “Amsterdam friendly” by adding a kickstand, bell, etc. I was very intimidated to ride my bike for the first time, but I took the plunge on a Saturday morning when people were not commuting to work. Many locals know that you are American if you wear a helmet. I figured that maybe the locals would be a little “nicer” to me since I was a beginner bike rider in Amsterdam wearing a helmet!