Amsterdam is a vibrant city. So much so, the other dam city often goes unnoticed. Here I am at Rotterdam. I can totally understand why Rotterdam is often ignored. Just kidding! I have big plans here and that consists of sitting around at the town square and do a whole lot of nothing. I did manage to walk by the Mariner's Museum earlier. Perhaps it was out of habit, I almost went in to check it out. Cooler head prevailed and I walked by without yet another museum visit.
Rotterdam is not like Amsterdam. There are fewer classic architectural buildings. I did manage to visit a church, Laurenskerk, that is the only building left from Rotterdam's medieval times. I didn't have any expectation of the interior, but it was not as opulent as many other European churches, big or small, that I visited before. Nonetheless, there were interesting items that caught my attention.
From the church of God to the church of Capitalism, I visited a very unique market that's hollowed out in the centre. The building housed a number of different vendors. It was quite a fascinating and would be very useful in rainy Vancouver during the winter months for sure!
It's almost time for dinner and I plan on visiting an Asian noodle house that I saw on my walk earlier. When I think of Rotterdam, I think of good Asian eats! On an interesting note, there is definitely a larger Asian population in Rotterdam. I am quite curious to why that is the case.
One last note before I head off, I am fearing my sleep tonight again! It's not because of the potential snorer in the room since I am getting used the noise from previous nights of training. My fear lies in the number of mosquitoes just hanging out on the ceiling. I guess my visit so far coincided with recording breaking temperature in many parts of Europe. Someone had left the window open to the room, and now there are at least 20-30 mosquitoes in there. The only saving grace is that I am on the bottom bunk, so I am hoping for someone to take the top bunk to entice the blood suckers. I am due for a break in accommodation on the next stop! I really hope so. I have been scouring Airbnb to see what's available on my next potential stops. I can't wait!
P.S. Here comes another finding that is clearly showcased in the picture below. If you place a mirror anywhere big enough for a reflection selfie, people will flock to it from all over the world.