Hey! It’s been a while since I wrote a post because I am now studying again, and also, I am working for the first time ever! I got a job as a waitress in a very nice restaurant here in Utrecht and I think it’s been an amazing experience (it seems like those American movies to me, because in Brazil students don’t usually work in this kind of job while studying).
My life here is very different from Brazil, but I am enjoying every part of it – of course, I miss my home country sometimes, mainly my friends and family, but I am learning so much of everything and I have so much to do that usually I don’t have time to think about that.
This week, however, I don’t know why I was missing so much Brazilian food. I even made farofa (a typical side dish) and beans (which is not very usual to eat/find here). But I was still missing a Brazilian dessert, so I googled Brazilian markets and I found 3 options in the Netherlands: 2 in Amsterdam and 1 in Rotterdam (in case there is any Brazilian here, Casa Brasil Portugal and Finalmente Brasil are the names of the markets!). Because I’ve already been to Amsterdam a few times, I decided to go to the one in Rotterdam, so I could buy what I needed and also get to know the city.
So, after class, I went straight forward to Utrecht Centraal, the central station, and bought a day-return ticket to Rotterdam Centraal (the single ticket costs €10,50 and round-trip, €21. If you buy in the machines you pay extra €0,50 for each way). Rotterdam via Gouda is only 39 minutes away from Utrecht, pretty fast, and I arrived there around 13:30. My first stop was the Brazilian market, obviously, but after that, I tried to make a route of the main and most important spots to visit. So this is the order of the places where I went:
- Witte de Withstraat (a very nice street with cool bars, restaurants and street art!)
- “Man Without Heart” (an important sculpture of the city)
- Destroyed city
- Kijk-Kubus (Cube houses – I think it’s the most famous spot in Rotterdam)
- Markthal (foods from all over the world, it was SUPER nice, I need to go back there)
- Street fair near Markthal (you can find typical food, flowers, second-hand stuff, basically everything because it’s a huge fair)
- Sint-Laurenskerk Church (just passed in front of it because it was closed)
- Walked around the Cool District (full of stores and markets)
I had also many other places saved on my Google Map to go, but unfortunately (or not – because then I have a great excuse to go back there many times!) I have class tomorrow morning and an exam next week, so I couldn’t stay longer there… But I think Rotterdam is now my favourite city in the Netherlands, after Utrecht, of course! It is modern, with high buildings, trams, underground, super fancy cars and also those cute typical dutch houses, but it’s not as messy and crowded as Amsterdam. I really plan on going back there maaa(…)ny times soon and get to know the city well.