Katies in Haarlem and Utrecht

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While in Amsterdam, Kaitlin and I decided we had enough time to venture outside the capital and see a couple of the charming cities nearby. With the speedy trains from Amsterdam Centraal it was easy and cheap to get there, and I’m glad we got to see a couple other Dutch canals.

20130408-202611.jpgIn Haarlem, we spent the morning strolling through the Grote market, and admiring the 14th century St-Bavo’s cathedral (with Kaitlin as my tour guide). We found a windmill (a goal of ours in Holland) and went back to the train station to spend the afternoon in Utrecht.

20130409-144513.jpgOnce in Utrecht, a pigeon promptly pooped on my shoulder, but I got over it…

20130409-144922.jpgIn Utrecht you can walk down right alongside the canals, so we wandered and stopped for a coffee by the water. After wandering some more we found the oldest house in the city, we where they brew their beer in the basement.

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It was the perfect day trip from the city; an easy train ride out to quieter towns before going back to Amsterdam for our last night out.

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Cheeseheads and Jenever [A Taste of Amsterdam]

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absintheOne of the great things about traveling with my old friend Kaitlin through Amsterdam (aside from the fact that I love her, obviously), is that she understands hangry (hungry + angry, totally a real thing and I’m not pleasant to be around if I’m in such a state).  So we happily snacked on nuts and fruit as we wandered around the city and saved our pennies for a few quality meals, a cheese tasting and several Dutch drinks… Here are a few places that we were big fans of — I’m no Amsterdam expert, but if you’re in town I think it is worth checking these ones out!  Continue reading