After visiting Hamburg we took the train to the town of Alkmaar in northern Netherlands. Luckily our three transfers went relatively smoothly and after leaving Hamburg just before 8AM we got into Alkmaar just before 2PM. Our host Tim was there to meet us and show us around town. Tim works in Amsterdam but is also working towards his PhD wokring with CBF (where Catherine works) and has spent a lot of time in Gävle.
Alkmaar is a relatively small city known for it’s large cheese market. Unfortunately we weren’t there for the big cheese market which takes place on Fridays, but it was great to have a local guide in a ‘real’ Netherlands city. Amsterdam, while a great city and tourist draw is considered to be more of an international city whereas Alkmaar gave us more of a sense of what it is like to live in the rest of the Netherlands.
After dinner we went back to Tim and Anja’s super nice newly-renovated home. Tim and I chatted while Catherine tried to feed and pet Anja’s rabbits. After a good night’s rest Tim graciously dropped us off in Amsterdam on his way to work. We really enjoyed our brief stay in Alkmaar and hope to be able to reciprocate Tim and Anja’s amazing hospitality in Canada some day.