11.04.2010 - 11.03.2010 8 °C
I wandered around today on Hoytemastraat (hoy-toma-strawtah) and looked in a couple of shops. I was so shocked by the prices! A pair of UGG slippers was 185Euros which is about $260!!! So, enough said, I didn't have the heart to spend that much money on slippers. I did buy 5 postcards though for E4.75 (E= Euros) and 5 stamps for E5. Pretty Crazy!
The people here are amazing! They are so different! Walking down the street (all cobbled stones) I passed by so many people. At home, there aren't really people out. But, here there are people walking their dogs, picking up their kids to school on bikes, and just taking a stroll around the block. And every single one of them stops to "Hallo" or "Dag" (pronounced 'dahk' with a phlegmy 'hk' kinda like you are hawking a loogy at the end of the word which is an informal way to say good day or goodbye) In the Post (stationary store) I waited in line to make my purchase and ask for some stamps. I said "Spreekt u Engels?" ( Do you speak English?) and the woman replied excitedly "Yes! Are you from America? I once went to San Fransisco. You heard of there yes?" I explained to her I lived in California about 6 hours south and it was pretty neat to see how excited she was.
All in all it was a good little exploration on my own!