A Rendezvous in South Holland
Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
66Trip End Jul 05, 2011
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
We woke up early on Tuesday (6-21) to get more pastries and catch the train to Roermond. This first required a train to a place in Germany with a ridiculously long name that I can't remember, so we will call it M-town. Unfortunately, our train to M-town was delayed by about 30 minutes. We were so confused because they were making tons of announcements about it in German, which we could only understand enough of to realize they were talking about our train.
We texted Daniel from the train, so he was waiting for us at the station when we arrived! For those of you who don't know, Aaron and I met Daniel at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala last May. Guatemala's police force was striking and blocking all of the roads, so the public buses were beginning trips but stopping way before reaching their destination.
Daniel lives in Roermond, which is very near the German border in the South of Holland. took us back to his apartment to drop off our stuff and then we headed even further South-- almost to the border of Belgium. We stopped first at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, which is a mass of unnamed graves from WWI and WWII.
Then we continued to Maastricht, which was only a 10 minute drive from the cemetery. Maastricht is the place where the agreement to create the European Union was signed! We grabbed some sandwiches for a quick lunch then spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Maastricht. We went to the main square to check out a big red church and some nice shopping streets.
On the way back to Daniel's apartment, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up ingredients to make tacos again! Tacos have become our go-to American cuisine... Tex-Mex is American, right? Beef is too expensive in Europe so we can't make hamburgers, and it is far too hard to find cheddar cheese to make mac and cheese.
After dinner, we had a few beers and watched Jersey Shore! In Holland, most of the TV shows are played in English and have Dutch subtitles, so we were actually able to enjoy television without having to listen to horrible German dubbing. We were pretty tired, so we went to bed pretty early. Doei!