We decided last weekend to go on up to Naturaalis, the natural history museum in Leiden. As we thought when we go there we can get a Museumkaart this is for museums within the Netherlands so we decided roughly €60 is worth it and we can go to many museums here.
It kind of makes you grateful that a majority of museums are free in the UK.
Anyway, let our day begin.
When we first got there as you can see some modern animals taxidermies.
Then there was some models showing natural resources. This was cool as you could pick areas press a button and the area rose up.
This area was surrounding Leiden.
Then we started the history, with DINOSAURS.
During this section there was lots of information about the different eras of dinosaurs. Which was very interesting. Then we saw a section talking about when the continents developed, I forgot to get a picture. Whoops!
But I got this one.
I’ve got the whole world in my hands. 🙂
The next section was pretty shiny gems. In the words of Gollum “my precious”
I was very impressed with these.
Then we moved on again. Back to modern animals.
I don’t like seeing taxidermied animals but this was very tasteful.
I’m thinking maybe my parents would like it here too. I’d definitely go again.
It got to that time of the month again for me to go out for breakfast/lunch with the Expat Republic, I joined the group through MeetUp. Last time there weren’t very many of us, but I thought I’d go again.
The event started at Oudt Leyden which is a traditional dutch pancake house. When I got there no one was there and then Shauna turned up, I just happened the turn around and said “expats” she said she was there for the meet up. I was happy I want the only one, but I was first again.
Shauna is British so we already had something in common. We got shown to pye table there was meant to be 14 of us. After a little chatting Karen then turned up also British. So we were very happy.
When the group leader, Karim, turned up there was only 4 of us so we decided to move it outside to sit. When we did this Mariella who I had previously met arrived with 2 friends.
We got chatting between us when Ross turned up. He was also British so as a nationality we out numbered others.
We ordered our food, and I actually ordered mine in dutch. I was impressed.
I got pineapple and cheese, an odd combination I know, but I was intrigued.
Obviously I still put syrup on it.
After chatting more and eating it all here are the results.
An empty huge plate.
It was really tasty.
We had agreed that we would go to the Japanese Market at 2 but we finished eating at 1. So Karim sent a message to the group saying we would be at the market if anyone else was coming.
We went on a wander there and stayed going around but wow was it busy.
I’m front of me.
We carried on walking and then saw some girls dressed as manga characters.
So many people were like what? But I got it.
After we went around the market coffee was needed by everyone but me so we went looking for cafés or restaurants where they could get coffee. We ended up back above Harlemarstraat, so I text Christopher asking if he wanted to come meet me. He came down and meet everyone who I had been out with.
Some decided they wanted ice cream and to go to a free concert so we followed the group as we startedbto separate a few of us exchanged numbers so we could meet up.
Some went to the free concert, but we stayed at a bar with Karen and Shauna and had a good long chat. Shauna invited us to a barbecue on the Monday. I contacted her on the Monday but was too cold and cloudy for one.
A great day was had.