Last weekend, we had our first relatively big excursion as a program-- we went to Texel!
For those who don't know, here is a map of how I got to Texel. Texel is the island very North of where I live. We stayed there from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. The place where we stayed was just outside of Den Burg (the highest point of the island). Please ignore the times Google has listed. I promise that it didn't take between 5 and 12 hours to get there.
Friday Afternoon (Arrival)
We got off the ferry, rented bikes, and biked maybe twenty minutes to where we were staying. Steef's sister owns property on Texel and she has a house that groups of travelers can rent. The building has a kitchen and a few rooms filled with bunk beds. We were the only ones in the house this weekend though.
The first day that we were there was a little dreary, but it did become absolutely gorgeous as the weekend wore on. This was our "backyard":
|Fun Fact: On Texel, sheep outnumber humans 4 to 1!|
We got up bright and early again on Saturday, because we were going fishing! Sort of... we were going to watch other people catch shrimp on a boat! The boat fished in the Wadenzee, not the North Sea. Here are some pictures from that experience:
|After all of the things that weren't shrimp were sorted out, the shrimp were washed and boiled and we were able to peel and eat them right on the boat!|
|It's like that one scene in Mulan!|
|Abby became a mermaid!|
|Boo! Still here :)|
|Washed up on shore!|
Outside in the "backyard" of the museum was a small model fishing village that was typical to Texel in the "olden days." That was interesting to explore. There were also bigger finds and art created out of objects that washed up on shore.
|Inside the wind mill (which did NOT wash up on shore-- it's like the model village).|
|I found wooden shoes outside one of the model houses, so I put them on :)|
|Over 400 plants of the same kind.|
Sunday was the day we visited Ecomare! Which is also the place where rescue seals and porpoises are cared for. Warning: SOOOOO many seal pictures ahead! They reminded me of Louie, my beagle dog, at home :)
|I thought the seal on the right looked rather sassy :)|
|A lot of the babies liked to flip over and float on their backs-- how cute!!|
So that was last weekend! I honestly wasn't ready to go home. Texel smells like camping and the weather was so mild. The sheep were adorable and it was nice to be by the beach and in a quiet space. It was a little bit of a shock to get back to Leiden and be engulfed with car horns, concrete everywhere, and avoiding the high volume of buses, cars, bikes, etc. I guess I just needed the relaxing weekend. The worst part about a vacation is coming home, purely because you're not on vacation any more. But I have plenty of other adventures to report on. There's never a dull day in the life of a study abroad student, I'm learning.
Until next time... Tot Ziens!