Today was a bit hard to get up: I had some cycling mileage under my belt from the last days, I was alone in the silent room, and I had no rush to do anything. The building shares the lobby and restaurant with both a hostel and a hotel, I had a great generous breakfast with those fancy teas that come in a pyramid shape tea bag and honestly… got some extra fruit and bread for the ride.
I packed and realized I left the only boxers I brought and my multifunctional pajama / dressing shirt / inner liner shirt at the previous hostel. I let them go, there is no way I would cycle back. Left Rotterdam and started cycling towards the beach again through Delft and The Hague. This last one is where the one week old king lives and works.
The beach wasn’t really worth taking a picture of, I could not see any Mexican wearing a swimming suit with that weather. Yet, dutch people decided it was warm enough to do that and they seemed to be enjoying it. I kept ridding and I felt I was rewarded for the never ending manure fragrance at Galicia, I first thought it was someone’s perfume that I just happened to smell, but there was no one next to me other than the long acres of tulips.
Made it to Haarlem, a very nice town and the hostel was amazing. It was two weeks old and it had a combination of simple, modern and antique decoration. Everything except Laundary was available. Too bad I planned today to be my Laundary day. When I was explained what attractions were around, the lady -owner- asked me if I’ve heard of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. I answer I was familiar with it. She showed me a location two blocks away from her hostel to be at some point an official start of the camino. I opened my camino passport and we verified it was actually started in Amsterdam and this was the second official stop of one of many routes.
Went for a great Italian dinner and then for a beer at a local brewery -Jopen- previously used as a Chappell and talked to some people who encouraged me to sign up to http://www.couchsurfing.org
Great ride and day! -again-