We decided Saturday would be a good day to get away. And after lengthy discussions we chose Volendam. On our way to the station I tried to use my ATM card for some cash. It said insufficient funds. No way! So we went to the next machine–same response. So now I’m a bit panicky and we decide to go back (2 blocks) to the apartment to try to straighten it all out. Of course, I want to call right away but we have no phone service until we buy a SIM card in Italy. No land line in the apartment. But long story short, I worked it out on line and we set out again.
The ride was only about 30 minutes and we could see a bit of countryside on the way.
Volendam is a tourist place with a little market and a pretty harbor/marina. All the homes seemed extremely well maintained and decorated with flowers in pots near the doors. This one home was cute: Can you see the OM sign on the lower floor?
As we walked down the boardwalk I saw a man making stroopwafels (Dutch sandwich cookies with thin waffles and a caramel filling) and bigger thicker waffles. I watched him work for a minute or two and bought a waffle, with some powdered sugar on it–he warned me to eat it while it is still warm and it was amazing! The dough is richer and eggier than our waffles.
We walked back to the bus stop through the neighborhood, admiring the homes.
From the station we were able to find our way only having to consult the map once. Stopped for a coffee on the way home where we started exploring the internet possibilities of watching the FSU football game. We got it and watched. It was a disaster for the Seminoles. During half time we went to the grocery store and got some bread and other random stuff we needed. Ate the leftover chicken soup for dinner with the game. Didn’t watch the whole thing.