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This morning we saw the opening of the Kaasmarkt in Alkmaar. It’s a traditional cheese market with fairly elaborate customs involving the weighing, transport, inspection and selling of the cheese. It’s very interesting to watch and it was very useful to have a commentator explaining all the goings on. It was very wet all morning with drenching showers at times. We walked around town and took care of a couple of errands. I’ve been very frustrated that my iPhone will not log into the B&B wifi. D’s works fine and the laptop has been logged in with no problem. Argh! We tried to get a solution from the wifi carrier in Alkmaar, but it didn’t help. I managed to hop on a couple of free wifi networks to check my email.

We grabbed some Dutch treats while we walked around: stroopwafel, frites and kibbeling. Yum! My sleep deprivation is waning, but I nodded off during a short organ concert at Sint-Laurenskerk. Oops. On our drive out of Alkmaar, we stopped to check out the windmills at Schermer Polder. These mills used wind power to pump out the water before mechanical pumps were installed. One of them is a little museum and it was cool to see what it looked like on the inside. D climbed all the way to the top. We took a siesta (I didn’t bother to look up the Dutch word ;)) at the B&B before heading out to our next destination.

Our evening was spent in Volendam; a fishing village on the coast. We visited the Cheese Factory and bought some Gouda. Dinner was at De Lunch and it was good! The scenery was fantastic and we were treated to a beautiful rainbow over the sea as we were leaving.

I guess you could say the theme of the day was CHEESE.

Curious sighting today: smoked eel. Ick. We also saw a bride and groom emerge from the Alkmaar City Hall. That was fun!