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Gemeente Den Haag

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  • Day12

    "Another city under our feets..."

    July 20 in the Netherlands

    Nu kör vi på med städer. Dags att upptäcka Haag eller Den Haag som det heter på Nederländska. Vi bor väldigt bra där vi bor. Närheten av 2 stora städer att upptäcka. Så idag blev det Haag med hjälp av kollektivtrafik. Tog buss och sedan spårvagn i 45 min in till Haag. Spännande tyckte grabbarna.
    Första stället var ett miniatyrland vid namn Madurodarm. Hela Holland i miniatyr i denna park. Kostade ca 15 euro per man, men helt klart värt det tyckte jag efteråt. Vilken fin miljö att gå runt i och titta på alla modeller. Först såg det "litet" ut men det var precis lagom. Man hade en bra överblick, för grabbarna sprang iväg på egen hand. Själv gick man runt o strossade och njöt av det fina hantverk som det var uppbyggt. Det roliga var att det var liv i "städerna" som de byggt upp. Det var inte bara byggnader utan trafik som rörde sig bland husen.
    Charlie var helt fascinerad av alla modelltåg som for runt. Han satt bara och kollade på dessa tåg och hela landskapet.
    Kevin sprang runt och tryckte på alla knappar han kunde hitta. Om ni kommer till Haag missa inte detta så fint.
    Sedan begav vi oss ut till Scheveningen, där vi var för några dagar sedan med husvagn och ingen bra kombo då. Nu var det bättre.
    De är som ett stort nöjescentrum, massa casino, hotell o restauranger. Och de har en känd pir man kan gå ut på, påminner lite om Birminghams pir. Längst ut har de satt upp ett pariserhjul och ett torn man kan hoppa bungyjump och zipline ifrån. Gött o sitta där med en kall Weisebeer o titta på.
    Sprang på en mamma med sina 2 barn från Sverige som var där o kollade. Satt o kollade på hennes ungar när de hoppade o åkte zipline. Lite väl dyrt för en kort zipline. 25 euro kunde de ta för det. Hennes telefon dog så jag fick hjälpa till o filma lite
    Efter detta åkte vi in till Haag Centrum för att få i oss lite mat o titta på centrum. Hamnade på en grekisk restaurang med riktigt god mat. Sedan gick vi runt o kollade och insåg att klockan började springa iväg.
    Men mysig stad här med. Vi var väl hemma vid campingen vid 23.30 efter en lång dag. Bra slut i benen.
    Imorgon blir det nog en annan stor stad Rotterdam.
    Tills dess, krama varandra i trafiken and over and out.
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  • Day1

    Den Haag

    November 24, 2010 in the Netherlands

    Peggy komt ons afhalen na haar werk en zet ons om 15u af in Centraal Station te Antwerpen. Om 16u nemen we hier de trein naar Den Haag HS om bij Ronny en Lisette te gaan overnachten. Omdat er een lek is in de slaapkamer gingen zij in de living slapen en lieten ons de logeerkamer.

  • Day73

    The Hague

    June 15, 2017 in the Netherlands

    Will always wakes up naturally before we need to and it destroys me.
    I commented that I did not need to be packed by 9am when checkout was at 11 and we couldn't arrive in The Hague before 12 anyway because our host wouldn't be ready so he could let me "waste" time sleeping or sit and do nothing. I was left in semi peace until 10.
    Our noses are running like taps but other that that all man flu symptoms are gone. 👍🏼
    We checked out - we had to take all of our linen downstairs which just added to the juggling dilemma. We got back our 20€ deposit and then we started the very hot journey to the station. I get so angry at my jacket - it makes my forearms sweat - Will has the same issue. It's very weird sweating from there and only there.
    I get so cranky and flustered when hot.
    We went to an ATM at the station, got out some money and still had time to kill so we went to a Cafe for breakfast - can't say coffee shop here - that means place that sells marijuana, not coffee haha.
    I got so cross about my order. I was so excited for my ham, cheese,tomato toastie - I asked specially to add tomato - they brought out a plate of tomato sauce instead -.-
    Will loved his eggs Benedict.
    We then went to Starbucks because of their Wifi and I must have looked like a right fool trying to figure out the ticket machine.
    First, I went and didn't have enough money/coins.
    Second, I went back with more money only it didn't take notes.
    Third I went back with a credit card, tried to pay but it had no where to tap the card or insert it into?
    I then went and got a white hot chocolate cause Will could tell i was getting angry.
    I then realized I had enough coins to get the tickets so I went back for the forth time, I went up with the correct amount of coins only to realize my last euro was actually a Lev so I had to press money return and walk back like a dick again.
    THE FIFTH TIME I WAS SUCCESSFUL🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
    I sat down so relieved to find my white hot chocolate was a normal hot chocolate and that made me sad cause it tasted like poo.
    GAH.
    What a 10 minute saga that was.
    People honestly must have thought I was a retard.

    I contacted the host and said we would be leaving Rotterdam at 12:56 - we told each other what we were wearing to make identification easier.
    He made a comment Will would be easy to spot because he would be the tallest in the station.......
    I never mentioned his height so that was creepy as fuck. I'm hoping he just stalked me on fb and made the observation there. I dont notice Will is tall so it always takes me back when people notice it themselves haha

    Let's hope we don't get abducted✌🏼

    The tickets are cool and have a shiney bit.
    We went through the barriers to platform 9.
    Imagine a Sydney where there were permanent train timetables printed everywhere with designated platforms that were reliable? Oh the dream.
    The station was awesome I liked how many platform there were next to each other - row after row.
    We waited 10 mins then hoped on.
    I liked Rotterdam. It's very modern but a little boring for tourists but still glad to have visited.
    The train was about 15 mins to get to The Hague - we had to be careful to get off at the right station because we weren't going to central - we were going to Des Haage HS.
    We got off and walked down the stairs in search of the ticket box only we couldn't find it...
    we walked up and back but nothing..
    I tried to get wifi as I suggested maybe we go back up to the platform to see if there was another set of stairs going to a different section - there was and we found our host.
    I had a small giggle. When he said he was going to pick us up I automatically assumed a car.
    Nope, this little guy was standing there with a bike hah.
    He was very friendly.
    He walked us back to the apartment- conversation was pretty easy flowing.
    His name is Nidal.
    He has lived her for 1.5 years and doesn't overly like it - he says he hates the weather. He said it's a topic of conversation every single day and limits a lot of things.

    His apartment isn't he one advertised but he already told us that so that was fine.
    It was about a 10 minute walk from the station.
    He gave us the same warning about saying cafe not coffee shop hhaha
    He told us that The Hague has a nice beach. Will answered for the both of us saying unless it's right next door we probably wouldn't bother because our beaches are pretty kick ass so we have seen them before.

    The apartment is nice - he gave us a drink and showed us our room. It will do just fine. He didn't linger so that was great so we are now cooling down in the room.
    We took a lot of Snapchat photos and videos as we relaxed.
    I am waiting for Wills daily poop to be ready so we can go exploring - I don't want to have to return home 10 minutes after leaving lol.

    Went walking into the city.
    Skipping to the main part - we ended up in what I think is the old parliament buildings or like a square.
    It had a gold fountain.
    People were watching something getting filmed but nothing happened so we left.
    It called the Binnenhoft but don't yet have wifi to be able to add information about it. Lots of police presence.
    We then found our first real chunk of nature - we walked over this bridge covered in beautiful flower boxes then sat on the side of the canal. It hurt our butts cause the ground was made of seashells.
    We just sat there and looked at the fish in the water and birds on top. There was a big ass barramundi looking fish. We want to know what type it is.
    I really like swans.
    There road system is doing my head in. They need to make their bike roads more obvious - especially if motor scooters are allowed on then too. They go so fast through the main squares and streets. They are literally everywhere. I feel like I've pulled several neck muscles having to check 360degrees every time I want to walk anywhere.
    We think we saw the international courts - not sure though will have to check when we have internet.
    We then went to find a torture museum - we missed the last tour so we will go tomorrow.
    We walked past an archaeological dig site so that was pretty cool. It looked like remains of an old building and a pile of bones.
    We sat at a cafe for lunch and drinks.
    Will had the beer samples. He wasn't fussed by any of them really - for someone who claims to love beer he is very picky with them.
    We saw the aboriginal flag today which I thought was pretty random.
    We both already like The Hague better than Rotterdam.
    The buildings have more character - they are a different style to what we saw in Brussels - less gothic.
    And less modern than Rotterdam. It still feels like every buildings has a story.
    We ate dinner after walking around more in a Italian shop. Terrible service.

    We walked home and watched the Avengers.
    Our host has awful Arabic sounding music on. It's so loud.
    He also just played "let it go" from Frozen......
    I have a theory.
    I think we are in a refugee zone/housing commission which would explain why he said his real estate person said he couldn't do Bnb. It kind of seems like scamming the system if he got another income out of an already freeby. I don't care either way.
    But we are definitely in multicultural area. A New countries representative every direction.
    It's a low income area but I still feel very safe.

    The toilet is so weird it has a bowl at the back up high and water at the front ... basically what happens is when I wee the bowl catches it so when I go to flush I can see the quantity of liquid if I so desired... It's different.....
    Will has had a stupid Indian "dinga dinga dinga dinga, dinga dinga dinga ding" song in his head all day and keeps singing it. 😓
    I had a good day. We like this city.

    Very important thing I forgot to add.

    On the walk home we saw a man order a FISH of a cart in the middle of the street and swallow it down like a bird.
    Who the hell would willingly eat street fish. It did not look well kept or refrigerators and it was so gross.
    The end.
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  • Day74

    The Hague

    June 16, 2017 in the Netherlands

    I showered this morning and his shower had the strangest water flow - it was almost, but not quite mist. Definitely the smallest water streams I've used.
    His toilet is pretty gross. Well, it's more very stereotypical male bachelor toilet - it smells like piss.
    We headed into town around 11
    We went to Burger King for brunch.
    Ahhh I hate being given mayonnaise, it really irks me.
    We then went and booked in for the torture tour for 1:45. We were early so we took ourselves through the very basic self guided section.
    The best bits were walking through the "judging chambers" - a normal room the judges would discuss everything and then give their verdict through the window to the crowd below.
    The second cool bit was all the original humiliation signs on display.
    We were still early so we went to sit by the water. We watched a very determined duck/bird collecting things for his nest. He didn't stop - he dropped one thing off to his partner who took it by her mouth and went out for more.
    The girl was sitting on about 5 eggs which was exciting.
    This entertained me for ages.
    We walked back...
    We were told when buying our tickets that the tour was in Dutch but we would be given audioguides - when we arrived we were told the wonderful news everyone one our tour spoke English so the guide was going to try and do it in English. We were very pleased.
    The place is called the prison gate.

    He gave us a brief overview of the prison gate.
    It was not built as a prison - the Bennihof castle next door was a hunting castle. Before the Hague existed the lands were great for hunting so they built a castle here next to a big river.
    The gate was originally a strategical entry point. It became a prison 200 or so years later when the castle residents didn't want the criminals in the castle dungeons anymore so they were moved.
    The prison then worked for 400 years. Up until the 1850's (I think) only in 1924 was the river moved back so that tram lines and things could be layed down.
    This was when the gate, once so important, became irrelevant.
    You can't tell outside the significance the gate must have had once.
    The first room he took us to was a jail cell for poor people. He explained the conditions.
    The one cell held 15 - 20 people as they awaited there sentence.
    I found it interested to note that being in Jail was never a given punishment. It was only ever used when awaiting you sentence of either humiliation, corporal or capital punishment.
    The cell had no light and you stayed in the clothes you came in which ranged from 2 weeks to 6 months.
    They gave them water but the water was from the lake that the toilet was connected to..
    There was no glass on the windows so during winter they would have been freezing.

    The best room was where the rich stayed if they were accused.
    It was laughable the difference. They were allowed to bring their own furniture from home, order food and expensive wines, buy firewood for the fireplace, candles so they could work during the night and all sorts of other creature comforts.
    The room played host to one of the most famous and dark injustices of Holland apparently.
    I will find out there names later but story goes
    - it was the Witt brothers.

    The brothers were very unpopular politicians. (Are there any other type?)
    1 brother got accused of planning an assassination of, i think, the Prince or King.
    He was tortured for a confession because apparently they couldn't sentence you without one.
    He never confessed so they said he could go.
    Only problem was because of the torture he couldn't walk so he wrote to his other brother to come and get him.
    He did. They both were in the room when the crowd outside demanded they die - they forced their way into the room and dragged them out side and killed them.
    Instead of being sentenced themselves, the murderers where rewarded by the king.
    It's widely accepted that this was planned by the king.
    Both of the brothers portraits hung in the room.

    The next room was a room containing the corporal and capital punishment items such as swords for decapitating - the blades don't have pointy ends so they are easy to identify.
    They all so had a breaking rack which looked horrendous.
    Apparently only men were hung, woman were strangled on a pole because if the were dropped from the gallows people would be able to see their knickers up their dresses and that was simply unacceptable and not child friendly.... HAHAHA
    A very loud stereotypical American man found that very funny.
    They also had the humiliation racks where you were shown off in the street. People could pee and spit on you but they couldn't hurt you.

    Our guide was doing a very good job as you could tell he was uncomfortable with English but because he had to think every sentence through he took much longer than usual and we were running late - we rushed to the torture room which I'm pretty sure the red stained floor didn't come like that..
    it had some grizzly looking items but because of time he skimmed over a lot.
    I'm glad he did it in English and I'm appreciative but I do wish he was slightly more fluent. Oh well, I actually really enjoyed it and it was only 10€ each.
    We then went over to the park to plan our next move and on the map found what looked like to be another big park.
    We walked and had a hot chocolate on the way. A lady was losing her shit inside because she couldn't pay by credit card. She was talking to herself and swearing and it was very funny.
    THE PARK HAD A DEER ENCLOSURE. 🦌😍
    We wanted to see if we could go in so we walked around - it had a sign but it said private :(
    We kept walking around past the central station - I love that on one side of the road was city and the other had a deer enclosure with such unkept forests. It's so beautiful and different from the staged botanical garden style parks.
    On our walk we passed a lot of ducks and geese.
    We enjoyed deer spotting. I've looked up many "what to do in The Hague" websites and non of them have mentioned the deer park - ludicrous.

    This app is so annoying. I had to re write half of this entry because if I turn my phone on the side it malfunctions and doesn't save it -.-
    It's happened a few times.
    The 2nd time I write it is never as good and misses a lot of detail.

    The Hague has this random red, blue, yellow, black and white checkered symbol everywhere. Literally everywhere.
    We walked past home back to the other station to buy groceries. We have bought breakfast, lunch and dinner for tonight and tomorrow. So hopefully we can save some money.

    We had a huge nap.
    We had a bread roll before going to sleep but now random people are in the house and we don't want to get in the way by making dinner.
    I guess we will go without haha.

    It's nearly 1am so I said I wanted to go to bed. Wills response

    " yeah no worries, I'm just watching this video, 8 amazing balloon tricks, then we can go to bed"
    Important stuff👍🏼

    Forgot to write on our way home we walked down their red light district street - can't wait to go to the Amsterdam one but this one was pretty funny too. I mean this with love..... but goodness most of the girls were so damn ugly. Like noticeably so.
    Fake drawn on moles and coloured eye brows. Ew lol
    They all looked so cranky ha.
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