Today we visited The Hague, a city in South Holland (Amsterdam is in North Holland) where the seat of the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands lies. It’s about an hour away from Amsterdam so we had to take the train. The Hague has its own public transportation system, and although its much less intimidating than what is in Amsterdam, it was introduced to us right as we were becoming used to the buses and trams near our hotel, therefore we decided it’d be best to stay in the same location. It was a beautiful day, so we chose to go to the beach and ended up staying there the entire day. We didn’t swim because the water was very cold, but we dipped our feet in and lied in the sun. We ate seafood and visited the pier and got ice cream afterward.
The buses in The Hague were less fancy than the buses in Amsterdam. They were small, and I was surprised to see a group of small children sitting amongst us who we later realized were on a field trip to the beach. The beach was much cleaner and less crowded than I’ve seen in the US, and the strip of restaurants along the beach were very nice and uncrowded as well. I imagine more Dutch people that live away from the coast come there moreso than tourists, so it seemed like a glance into their world.