Den Haag

Well, it’s been awhile hasn’t it? I had all these big plans to constantly blog during my trip to the Netherlands, but once I arrived in Europe, I decided I would just unplug and live in the moment – and write about it later. That, and the fact that my course was crazy busy, the wifi was limited, and blogging via an iPad is virtually impossible.

Of course, for those of you who followed me on Snapchat, I did my best to keep you constantly updated.

And, now that I’m back in Calgary, I’m ready to tell you all about what I’ve been up to the past three weeks without sparing any details!

If you’re interested in the academic side of my trip, I was attending a course on Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law. It was a jam packed three weeks of lectures, seminars, and trips to tribunals – and I would be happy to discuss my experience with anyone who is interested. So, comment below or send me a message via the Contact page.

But for interest sake, I’ll be keeping these posts limited to all the details on what to see, where to go, and of course, what to eat during a trip to the Netherlands.

We arrived to Amsterdam early in the morning, and immediately hopped on a train and checked into our apartment in The Hague (or, Den Haag). After a brief nap, it was time to get out there and explore our new home – or at least find out where we had to be for class early the next morning.

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We had lucked out with our place as it was located in one of the best areas of town – the 17th Ave of Den Haag if you will, somewhere along Frederikstraat.

We popped out, turned left, and immediately found ourselves along Denneweg, known as a premier venue for lifestyle, food, and design. This street would later become home to some of our best meals.

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Strolling through the streets and avoiding the path of cyclists, we admired the brick houses, Dutch architecture, and, as expected, the canals.

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Although, jet lag meant that our eyes were only half open, we continued to walk through the city in the glory of the summer sunshine.

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We grabbed a map from the tourist centre, and then began marking our favourite places, in order to return when we were a bit more awake.

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And of course, after a few wrong turns, finally located the Peace Palace in all its glory.

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Having only discovered a few restaurant quarters, we ended in the Buitenhof for dinner, chowing down on a classic North-American meal at BIT Grill & Café, before heading home and immediately falling asleep.

The next few days were a bit of a whirlwind, accompanied by excessive references to the city map, meeting new people, and gearing back into “school” mode.

We went for after-school drinks, loaded up cones of gelato, and generally eased ourselves back into the joys of European life.

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After a few days of eat-sleep-repeat, however, our bodies were craving a bit of exercise and we decided to head down to the coastal area, or Sheveningen. Further, I had been hit pretty hard with jet lag, and I hoped that this mini-expedition might help me (finally!) sleep through the night.

As an interesting note, The Hague is one of the few cities where the city centre is not built around the port. Instead, Sheveningen is about a 45 minute walk, which makes it feel like somewhat of a different world.

With golden sand spread out as far as the eye can see, idle waves rolling into shore, and a well-kept boardwalk, the atmosphere was breathtaking.

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We immediately kicked off our runners, walked in the sand, and breathed in the cool sea breeze, letting feelings of relaxation  sweep in and consume us.

Of course, with us having ran there, I didn’t bring along my camera – but don’t worry, I’ll have some beautiful shots coming up in future posts to come.

After jogging our way back home, it was time to treat ourselves to a real meal. I had been eyeing up the pizza place next to our apartment – which TripAdvisor ranked as some of the best in town – and this seemed like the perfect moment to give it a try. And boy, did it not disappoint.

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We each demolished a “large” sized pizza – a margherita for me, and a meat lovers for Cole. And, it was at this moment, that I started to think hey…this city isn’t too shabby.

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Now, I know this post wasn’t as exciting and photo-filled as usual, but I wanted to start with a quick glimpse into our life before plunging right in to our travels. So with that, stay tuned for tomorrow: Delft!

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