On Monday, I took the day out of Amsterdam, and instead went on a day trip to the countryside. I was looking forward to the tour, but it was actually quite disappointing. The main stops were ill-disguised gift-shops, and we had very little time to wander around. Nonetheless, I managed to enjoy myself.
In North Holland, we stopped at a cheese factory, had a brief presentation on the making of cheese, before proceeding to the shop. Then, we visited a clog-maker, and his clog gift shop. And finally, we stopped by a touristy site where wood-cutting windmills had been moved from around the Netherlands. In South Holland, we visited Delft (spending much of the time in a pottery shop, after which we had about 45 minutes to appreciate the beautiful town). The rest of the afternoon was even less eventful, for we merely drove through The Hague, before being given a whole hour at Madurodam, a miniature reconstruction of sites around the country. I looked around for about 15 minutes, and then chose to stroll through a nearby park instead.
In any case, a camera in hand makes everything more bearable. Here are some pictures I took along the way.