Our first stay in Europe for four nights has set the bar fairly high. I chose Haarlem as our base, as I thought that it will allow us to settle in nicely, and also cheaper. It is also not too far away from Amsterdam, 20km, which takes 15 minutes by train.
From Haarlem Centraal Station, we walked to our Airbnb rental.
I am not a good map reader. Uncle Vich is a much better map reader, and has always been the one figuring out directions when we travel.
So it took us a while (ok, I was a bit off track) and poor child was tired, with her trolley bag and daypack.
Mayke, our host was away for holiday. Blessed our host’s mother-in-law for calling us, and came around to pick us up. Telling her our location was a challenge, but I asked a local to help me with that.
The apartment is at first floor, and going up steep’s stair was not easy with ZE’s trolley bag. Now that reminds me why backpack is super great.
Stairs. Lots and lots of stairs eveywhere in the Netherlands.
The listing was aptly described as cozy apartment near Centraal station. There wasn’t any review when I booked; a risk paid off.
ZE loves this place to pieces. Haarlem is her favorite stay, becoz of Mayke’s apartment, and also because of the nice neighbourhood.
(Update March 2017: If I am not wrong, Mayke has removed her apartment from Airbnb’s listing)