Day 5 gets off to a slow start! It might have something to do with the interaction of Cognac and Cannabis.
It's a beautiful Mokum day so there's no time to waste
The Drie Vrienden have plans. We're going to Haarlem to visit the Grote Kerk, Grote Markt, and some coffeeshops. We're going to Zandvoort to view the Atlantic looking west, and we're going to check out the neighborhood that we discovered last night.
It's Leidsekruisstraat, just south of coffeeshops Easy Times and Super Skunk / Tops
, take a quick right.
Off we go to Centraal Station, were going to take the train to Zandvoort for a quick visit and then stop in Haarlem on the way back home. We go through the IJpassage to get our tickets as we can't go to Zandvoort directly, but have to change trains in Haarlem. Mission accomplished, we have tickets to Zandvoort even though we have to change trains so we board and we're on our way. Egor says he overheard someone saying that we will need to take a bus. I laugh and say that we don't have to worry. I've done this before and it is train all the way
Man plans and God Laughs - episode 3
At Haarlem station, we are informed the tracks to Zandvoort are closed for repairs on weekends. However, "special"
arrangements have been made to provide bus transportation. After a discussion, we modify our plan. Outvoted two (2) to one (one), we're off to the beach. Given the delays, I had hoped to hit Haarlem first, but neither Egor nor Faynita have been to Zandvoort. So Zandvoort it is! People are queued up waiting for transport to the beach.
Here's the line, actually it's half of the line, waiting for the bus.
It takes a third bus before we board and are finally on our way. We then discover that, while it isn't making any stops, this is the slowest bus we've ever been on. It's about 12Km to Zandvoort. The train makes the trip in less than fifteen (15) minutes; the bus takes almost one (1) hour.
Here we are, we've made it!
Interestingly, it's October 13 and this is the last weekend before the beach pavilions close for the winter. In fact some of the pavilions (cafes and restaurants) are already closed. More interestingly, they're not just closed they're disassembled, torn down and won't be resurrected until February. February, that seems strange, as I always thought that February is the middle of winter. With winds coming off the Atlantic and temperatures around 4C, I rather be somewhere else than this beach. Florida seems like a good choice
We have lunch at one of the beach pavilions and it's pretty good. Of course, there's a bit of beer too!
Time to head for Haarlem. Once again we wait a while before we are on a bus. This bus is a "regular" bus. It's very, very full, makes plenty of stops and, better yet, it isn't airconditioned. It's hot, too hot, but we eventually make it back to Haarlem station.
Given the rigors of the day, we decide to head back to the hotel for happy hour (socialization, free wine, small world realizations) and the prospects of further adventures before the day is over. We still have an interesting neighborhood to check out.
Magically, before we board the train home, Faynita provides a pre-roll! Weakening, I abandon the edibles experiment for a day and inhale deeply. Too deeply, I'm an edibles guy so I cough and hack all the way back to home base! Still, the immediacy of the high does have great
Day 5 (to be continued)