Day 7: Rotterdam and Delft

This last day was the most relaxed of the bunch, but that didn’t mean I enjoyed it any less. Just getting to wander around Rotterdam (and in my case Delft as well), was so much fun and really enjoyable. I will definitely miss the Netherlands and Germany, and I hope to come back one day.

Rotterdam Bike Tour

The bike tour is something that seems so simple, but it’s a really cool excursion to go on. We traveled all around the harbor and got to learn some interesting facts about it from our tour guide, who is the same tour guide I had on the food tour a few days ago. It’s amazing how much ground we covered in those few hours, and what we saw amazing. Sometimes it’s hard to visualize how large these cargo ships are, especially if they are the size of pinpricks when they’re out on the ocean, but I would bet that just one of these ships could hold my entire high school, buildings and all, with ease. Learning just how important the harbor is to Rotterdam was interesting, especially learning how Rotterdam isn’t the largest port in the world anymore. From what I saw of that gigantic port, it’s hard to imagine how much bigger Shanghai’s port would be. The one thing I didn’t like about the tour was how windy it was and the fact that we had to bike against it for a portion of the ride. This wasn’t a problem when we biked in the tunnel, which goes from one side of the harbor to the other and is underwater. The escalators down to the tunnel were steep and slow. which makes some sense as they were built in the 1940s, but the really fun part was seeing how fast you could go down the tunnel in the beginning when the path was sloped. I stopped pedaling during this since I was going faster than my legs could pedal. We then exited to a really nice part of the harbor, and headed back to where we started. After that, I got some lunch with a couple of groupmates at this Japanese restaurant at the Market Hall in Rotterdam, where we chatted and formed a plan to go back together to Delft.

Delft

Going back to Delft was simple and felt different than going as a large group. For one, it definitely was a more casual trip, as a couple of us decided not to long beforehand about going back rather than it being a preplanned excursion. We were able to almost spontaneously do this since intercity travel in the Netherlands is extremely easy with the use of the trains and the ease of which you can buy tickets. Once we got into Delft, we parted ways to do our own thing, and a few of us decided to walk around together. We first stopped by Madame Blue, a pottery shop in Delft where they made beautiful pieces by hand. We then walked around for a while more, as the church tower was closed, and we couldn’t figure out how to get into the windmill, so we assumed it was closed as well. I wasn’t complaining all that much (besides being disappointed that the tower was closed) since Delft itself is a very beautiful city. It also helped that we saw a few cats here and there. We then stopped by a chocolate shop where I conveniently forgot I had bought chocolate in Delft already, met up with the others we came with, and headed back to Rotterdam.