Day 86: Haarlem to Newcastle-on-Tyne, July 13th
Our Airbnb host, Dorien, provided us with an excellent breakfast including espresso and those chocolate flakes that the Dutch love to put on peanut butter. I thought it was interesting that the Dutch were really into peanut butter, whereas we rarely even saw a single jar of it in other European grocery stores (it’s all about hazelnut spreads).
We talked more to Kate, the girl from New Zealand, and as we packed up we exchanged info. Now we have a place to stay if we want to go to Middle Earth.
It was a short and pleasant ride to the ferry docks in IJmuiden, and we had time to stop for a traditional Dutch lunch: Herring with pickles and onions.
The boarding process was really efficient, and we discovered that our little cabin had an ensuite shower/toilet (which we had not expected).
I felt a little melancholy as we sailed away; it was a feeling that I couldn’t shake for about twenty-four hours.
Distance: 15 km (plus overnight ferry)