As stereotypical as this may sound, I am just not the typical 23 year old backpacker. Okay, maybe I am and I have just been over-exposed to the soul searching, party animal crowd and have lost all perspective. Anyways, when I travel I have the following things in mind: green spaces, interesting running routes, cool museums, and if I have to admit it, shopping (not souveneirs but glorious clothing… I have a problem).
Still, I was a bit disappointed to discover that there were no spaces available in Amsterdam youth hostels this weekend (I now know that this is due to a huge gay pride event going on in the city). I settled for a Stay Okay in Haarlem (about 30 minutes outside Amsterdam by train) and have thus far been pleasantly surprised. The hostel is located on the edge of a big park (check), is conveniently close to a train station that can take me directly to Amsterdam and/or the Hague (check, check, check), and the whole place is mellow and charming.
Okay, okay. I know that I should be chomping at the bit to throw down some beers, partake in legal drug consumption, and enjoy the backpacker lifestyle… but I just don’t have it in me. Instead I will enjoy some yummy dutch cheese, go to sleep early, and spend tomorrow exploring the Netherlands in the rain.