First, I want to mention how amusing it is to be subscribed to a dozen or so Dutch blogs and see how most of them talk about the weather. Snow, cold, and the prospect of elfstedentocht (elf-steden-tocht, 11 city tour). It’s a rare event where the canal ice freezes up enough for ice skating through 11 cities to take place. It hasn’t happened since 1997.
Over here, I am just glad we’ve only had two snowstorms: the Halloween one which knocked out my power for 5 days — just a few inches of snow — and one a few weeks ago, about 5 inches.
Today’s topic is de bogaard in Rijswijk, a shopping area near the Hague which you can get to by bus. I visited it twice. The first time I had someone with me, the second time I traveled there alone.
The nice thing is the bus you take to de bogaard is accessible right outside of Marco’s apartment — a very short walk. The first day I went with Marco’s mother so I knew where to go.
We visited a lot of different stores, including a shoe store, a clothing store, MediaMarkt, and more. Some of the stores were inside the mall area pictured above, and some were nearby in a strip-mall type area. We had lunch at Hema, and after some deliberation I decided to have a hamburger. It was very interesting… the mayo-like substance (which was slightly yellow-orangeish in color) was slathered all over the sandwich. I ended up eating most of it with a fork and knife.
The second time I visited I was all alone. Let’s just say I almost missed the stop, saved only by the bus idling at the area for a while. I am sure the bus driver thought I was slightly nuts, trying to ask if this was de bogaard or not (I don’t think he spoke any English). And then to top it all off, I realized while I was waiting to cross the street that I forgot to “tap” the pass on the machine to let it know that I was getting off at that spot. If you don’t, it charges you the maximum. Thankfully again the bus driver was still there so I ran back. I think in the end that I amused him… I hope.