Uni is back and summer already seems like it never happened. But the good news is that now is as good a time as any for being outdoors and indulging in the best woodland walks The Hague has to offer & treating yourself to a calm mind.
*Stupid post alert!* I was planning a short visit to Rotterdam a long time ago (like in early September). However, every time I checked the “werk aan het spoor (construction in the station)” on the NS website, the train leaving from Den Haag Holland Spoor to Rotterdam Centraal was always canceled, especially on the weekends when I actually have time to go for a “dagje uit”. I was in a continuous depression until I randomly heard from my (distant immigrant) family that there is a metro line connecting Den Haag and Rotterdam. Hooray! It sounds stupid that, I’ve been living here for more than 2 years, and traveled to R’dam for more than 10 times, but I still don’t know that metro exists in the Netherlands. How awesome that I fount an alternative approach to escape from Den Haag! I checked on the RET website, there is indeed a metro (Lijn E) running between Slinge (Rotterdam) to Den Haag Centraal Station. Usually a retour will cost 9 euros if you use your OV-chipkaart. To save money, you can buy a 2 * 1 uur (1 hour) ticket on the RET machine on Platform 11 in Den Haag Centraal for 6 euros, with which you save at least 3 euros. This metro line has multiple stops including Rotterdam Centraal, Beurs (the glorious and prosperous city center of Rotterdam), and Wilhelminaplein, where the Grand Theater of Rotterdam locates. Sounds awesome, right? I got off at Maashaven and immediately saw my (distant immigrant) family waiting for me at the metro station. I had a very nice day with great food, good weather, and heart-warming talks. “Werk aan het spoor” again? Calm down my friends, try taking the metro next time when going to Rotterdam from Den Haag! I’m sure it’s also gonna be fun for you. P.S. I am sorry for any Dutch phrases in this post; I am taking … Continue reading