Sunday, April 22, 2012

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek

Bloemencorso Bollenstreek....a rather popular flower bulb parade. It starts in Noordwijk and ends in Haarlem. The theme for this years parade was "Communication".

Multiple co-workers had mentioned the parade to me so I figured I would check it out, especially since it was going to be going through Hillegom which meant I didn't actually have to go anywhere for it. It was actually going to be passing a block or two away from where my apartment/work is, but I decided to actually head into town though to do a little bit of exploring and to see what kind of shops were all there. At the beginning of the day I was worried it was going to be cloudy windy, and rainy for the parade since i was getting rained on while I made my way to the city center by the long route (I don't know how I keep taking the wrong turns when I start heading into the city center, it's really not that difficult). Once in the city center, I discovered that there was actually a little bit of a festival going on. Several booths were set up with various arts and crafts. A couple of which included the making of the wooden clogs and no i didn't buy a pair of least not yet. Another booth was selling cheese, so I bought a small wheel of their chili cheese (see below), I haven't tried it yet, but I might later this evening.

(thinking i need to go claim my free souvenir)

During the festival, I also tried some fried fish. I believe they called it "kibbeling". I'm not really sure what kind of fish it is though. Whatever it was, it was quite tasty especially with the sauce they had with it. I wasn't brave enough yet to eat the fresh/uncooked herring. I will try it at some point while I'm here though. Oh and I also had some fried bread/dough that had raisins in it with powdered sugar on top that was also quite tasty. Just an FYI, it's not a good thing to be wearing a black jacket while eating something that has powdered sugar :-P

 Can't really think of anything else to say about the parade and the festival. You can see photos of the parade here.  It's the same album that's on FB, so if you've already looked there, then you've already seen them.

 *side notes*
1. I'm feeling slightly blogosphere advanced right now since I included a picture and a link in this post.....well assuming they both work, otherwise i'll feel rather stupid, haha
2. I need to buy an umbrella
3. Wonder if I am annoying anybody with my lack of being consistent with capitalizing "i" while i type, or capitalizing the first word of a new sentence :-P

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