On the Tuesday of the EJC, 2nd of August, I took the train to Utrecht to meet a penpal of mine, of about a year, whom I’d never met.
We found each other, after only a mild struggle one would expect to be avoided in the age of smart phones, Utrecht Centreaal station. We proceeded to have a lovely day together wandering misty Utrecht taking pictures, visiting cool buildings and game shops, satrting with lunch in Loof (Leaf)
We visited St Martin’s cathedral – which would boast the highest church tower in the Netherlands, the Dom Tower, if it were attached to the cathedral itself but unfortunately the unfinished nave collapsed and the tower is free standing.
Inside the cathedral was a very old map of Utrecht.
And some lovely art depicting Night and Day.
We also found our way into the garden.
We continued wandering around Utrecht in the mist (I wore flip-flops and shorts, believing they were the smartest choice with the least material to get wet as I hadn’t much proper rain-gear).
This image we found on the bridge crossing a canal. Waving at whomever drove the boat along the canal illicited a wave in return.
Turns out Utrecht is a big student town and has a lot of games and comic-book shops. I managed to pick up some of the Star Realms expansions, and a copy of The Game (great for travelling!) with instructions in Dutch (but it’s quite simple).
We entered a number of museum gift shops (they always have the best, most original souvenirs) including a music museum.
We walked back around to a café that had some interesting looking cakes (which turned out to be mousse in disguise) and chatted before parting.