One day in January, shortly after I woke up Elja (my host mother) suggested that I join her to Alkmaar. She had a meeting but said it was beautiful and I would enjoy it so I rode along.
Alkmaar doesn't have a notable history really, it is a small city in North Holland, but it is picturesque and charming. During the Spring and Summer months Alkmaar hosts a traditional cheese market on Fridays. Even on a cold day in January, I found it lovely.
January 19, 2016.