I’ve been in Amsterdam since New Year’s Eve where it was foggy and overcast for two days. Can you imagine my excitement when I saw the sun on the 2nd of January? The plan was to visit the city of Haarlam which is outside Amsterdam.
The night before, I did my research on which train would get me to Haarlem. I said to myself — it is only two trains. That is pretty easy! So before I left for my adventure, I packed two croissants and an apple. A girl has to eat while traveling 😉 I was so ready!
When I arrived at the station, a train was approaching and without reading the route, I got on. The train made a stop at the Amsterdam Airport station which was one of the stops on the route to Haarlem station. Well, pretty much everyone exited the train and I stayed on. While I was sitting there waiting for the train to depart, I decided to take a selfie (okay is more than one selfie — this one just made the cut – lol)
The conductor (no better word to describe the person) kept saying that this train was going to Den Haag station and I thought he was saying Centraal Station. Well after 5 minutes or so, I asked where was this train going as it was not moving, and the conductor said “Den Haag”. (Well, it did sound like Centraal Station). I thought to myself, I was not supposed to go in that direction. I needed to go the Centraal Station route.
Anywho, I finally got on the correct train and was on my way to Haarlem. I still had some sun but the rain clouds were showing their ugly heads. As soon as I walked out of the station, this was the picturesque scene that said “Welcome To Haarlem” and I immediately fell in love.
Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland and as Iamamsterdam.com describes it:
“With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, the medieval city of Haarlem is one of the most photogenic destinations in the Netherlands. Easily reachable by train (just fifteen minutes from Amsterdam Central Station) Haarlem is often referred to as a scaled-down version of its more famous neighbour. But to think of it in such terms does a disservice to a city that beats with its own vibrant pulse and overflows with a rich history, epoch-spanning architecture and a thriving cultural scene all of its own.”
The Digital Stroll
So come on and take this digital stroll with me and enjoy the beauty of Haarlem.
Haarlem Train Station
Even the train station has charm.
Would you believe that I left the United States and crossed an ocean to finally visit the city of Haarlem lol? (Note: There is a Harlem, New York)
So if your travels take you to Amsterdam, make sure to check out the city of Haarlem.