One market day in Gouda
January 18, 2012 70 Comments
I love markets. Bring me to one and I can spend countless hours there checking stall after stall for whatever goods are for sale. I guess this fascination goes all the way back to my youth when as the eldest in a big family, the task of marketing fell on my lap. I learned to work on a limited budget to get all the stuffs needed for the week and to carefully balance the plans for healthy and tasty meals.
One beautiful and sunny spring day almost 3 years ago, I decided to do a bit of local sightseeing on my own. I had some time to spare because I was in between jobs so why not do something that I would normally not have the time for when I am working. I decided to go to Gouda because it is a decent distance from Amersfoort (half an hour’s train ride). I was pleasantly surprised that the day turned out to be the city’s open market day. I literally walked into the Medieval city center which was filled with stalls selling everything…cheeses, fruits, vegetables, exotic foodstuffs, candles, chocolates, clothes, etc. Gouda is of course, known for its cheeses and candles.
There were also nice shops around and I had a great time checking out the lovely souvenir items which were very popular with tourists like those Delft blue ceramics and “stroopwafels” in nice round ceramic containers. It was also close to Easter time so the “pattiseries” or bakeshops were selling chocolate eggs and roosters.
I enjoyed playing tourist on this lovely spring day. The market adventure was fun. I just had to remind myself not to buy so much stuff because it’s just me and my husband who will be eating them. My usual mistake when visiting markets is that I easily yield to temptation of buying too many things. My husband always tells me that my eyes are bigger than my stomach at times when I see all the nice things in the market.