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White bar at The Hague
September 9, 2007, 6:18 pm
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White bar at The Hague

Originally uploaded by cobismith.

The Netherlands is not a place I associate with the beach. Certainly not The Hague. But Fabi thought it would be cool to go to this all-white bar on the beach in The Hague, so that’s what we did – and it was cool.

It only took about an hour to get to The Hague from Amsterdam. As an Australian I delight in Europe’s close proximities, so it was a novelty to visit two cities in one weekend. The Hague was unspectacular, but pleasant.

The white bar on the beach where we nursed hangovers was like the set of a James Bond movie – all glamorous diplomat’s daughters and aloof Russian couples. The place had bad seafood salad and loud dance music, but great chips with mayonnaise.

The beach in The Hague was very windy, which was irritating for us but a boon for the kite surfers, who were out in force.

I was trying to imagine what it would be like growing up in the Dutch capital and going kite surfing every weekend, then hanging out in plush bars on the beach. I guess it’s not that different from growing up in Adelaide and going surfing on weekends, then going to pubs on the esplanade. It seemed very exotic though. The culture was more different than I expected.

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