In September I went to The Hague’s Albert Heijn XL grocery store. As you might guess from the “XL” in the name, it’s a bigger version of the normal Albert Heijns. It still sells 95% of the same items that a normal Albert Heijn would, just more variety. The XL stores are a lot larger, closer to the size of an American grocery store like Shoprite, Jewel-Osco or Kroger.
I knew I was almost in the neighborhood of this Albert Heijn when I saw shopping carts in the neighborhood:
You could say that people are being nice by putting the carts together and stacking the smaller hand baskets on top, so if an Albert Heijn employee wanted to come get them it would only be one trip. Although this wasn’t the only place I spotted them in the neighborhood.
In other news:
- Hier kun je langs de deuren tijdens Halloween in Den Haag (Here are some places in The Hague where you can celebrate Halloween) from indebuurt.nl. As I noted before, Halloween is slowly becoming more popular in the Netherlands but it is nothing like Halloween in America.
- The Royal Christmas Fair is coming back to The Hague (finally!). It was last held in 2019 thanks to corona. You can find it at the Lange Voorhout from December 8th through the 23rd.
- Dutch Royals to spend King’s Day in Rotterdam next year from nltimes.nl. King’s Day is on 27 April. It’s a public holiday and the royal family chooses one city to visit each year. Last year was in Maastricht.
- Cleaners at Amsterdam gallery ordered to let insects run wild in name of art from theguardian.com. Don’t clean those spider webs!