the beach! (in Dutch: strand)

Last night after getting home from work at 7:45 and skyping with Mom (good job Mom!), all of the accumulated exhaustion from the past week hit me at once, and I slept for about 13 hours. It was glorious.

Shortly after waking up this morning, I grabbed my bike and set off in the general direction of the beach. It only takes about 15 minutes to get there by bike! It’s apparently a huge tourist destination in the summer, and though I got a quick glimpse earlier this week, I didn’t get to walk around. After today, I can safely say: the beach is THE place to be in the Hague! There were tons of people there flying kites, walking or running on the sand, enjoying the food and drinks of the many beach-side cafes and clubs, and/or admiring the random collection of VWs parked all along the boardwalk.

Here’s what the North Sea looks like! It’s practically identical to the water at Virginia Beach:

I took quite a few pictures over the course of the afternoon, so for those of you who can, I recommend checking out my Facebook album as well.

After walking around, I met up with Kelsey, a fellow intern (and W&M grad!) who loves the beach as much as I do, and we chose one of the cafes to have lunch and generally enjoy the afternoon by watching people go by. Here’s where we ate, on a couch with our own personal fire pit to help keep us warm:

After some yummy sandwiches, we enjoyed some little Dutch pancakes:

We’ve decided that we should all try to spend as much time at the beach as possible. These places are clearly great choices for casual hanging out, and although the wind can make things chilly, these fire pits help a lot!

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