Flying Solo

DAY 16

On Friday, I didn’t have to go into Nature’s Pride, but Shawn and Ivo had to work and Lara had to go to Rotterdam so for the first time on the trip it was up to me to make my own plans for the day. If you know me personally, you know that I’m a very anxious, cautious person and I don’t very often push myself out of my comfort zone. However, on Friday I did.

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I decided to take a walk (after sleeping in until noon of course) and ended up at the tram station. I got on the tram towards Scheveningen (the beach on the North Sea in The Hauge) with no plans other than to see what happens. First I got off near the Delft city center and attempted to find a place to get my nails done (high maintenance, I know), but every place I found said they didn’t have openings for weeks. Crazy.

Then I decided I was hungry and was excited that I could pick whatever I wanted since I was alone. I got back on the tram with plans to get off whenever I saw somewhere I wanted to eat. I ended up picking McDonald’s (oops).

I didn’t realize that I was in the city center of The Hauge until I was leaving McDonald’s, so I did a little walking around and exploring. It was a really cool experience to be alone in a foreign city. I didn’t feel rushed or like I had to accommodate anyone I was with. I could walk into whatever shops I wanted, go down whatever street I wanted, take as long as I wanted and stop to take as many pictures as I wanted. It was a super effective way of soaking in the culture.
I returned home to Shawn and Ivo’s at around 6 and had locked myself out, so I called Ivo and he came home to let me in. While I was waiting I got to call and catch up with my Momma ❤️.

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For dinner we had grilled cheeses with Champagne because, you know, Friday. Then it was a chill night of FaceTime and packing. I’m really proud of myself for getting over my fears and going out and taking public transportation in a foreign country with a foreign language without cellphone service and exploring, and I’m really glad I did it.

DAY 17

On Saturday, Shawn, Ivo and I packed up the trunk and went to pick up Lara and Ylenia on our way to Amsterdam. We had lunch at The Avocado Show, a new restaurant in the heart of the city that has become super popular with locals and tourists alike. The wait was over an hour and is usually longer. Since I’ve been in the Netherlands at least 6 people have talked about going to (or trying to go to) The Avocado Show and I had seen posts about it on social media even when I was back in Wisconsin, so I knew it was something I had to see.

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It was definitely worth all of the hype. The basic concept is that everything on the menu contains Avocado. Most of it is vegetarian (there is only one meat option–chicken skewers which were 10/10) and there are a lot of vegan options as well. It is all very good for you, but not in a “I’m going to eat this because it’s good for me” way, more of a “I’m going to eat this because it tastes good and ooh yay it’s good for me too!” kind of way. To top it all off, every dish was a work of art. There were even edible fresh flowers to decorate the plates.

After we left The Avocado Show, we headed to the airport. Where to next? Stay tuned at AlanaAbroad.com to find out!

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