We were really happy to get back to Holland - it feels very comfortable and homey to us. What a joy to be back “home” in Holland. The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, bike trails everywhere, English spoken everywhere, the food and beer is great and you can actually order food whenever you want! We got a lovely little apartment from AirBNB in Hoofddorp. The only really sad thing was we missed connections with our Dutch friends due to an email mixup.
Hoofddorp is not as charming as interesting as Haarlem, but it had many advantages. Near the airport, on the airport bus line, easy to park, unload and clean the car. And of course bike trails everywhere so no problem to get to Haarlem, the airport or anywhere else we wanted to go. The first thing we did after getting settled was return the car to the Sixt office near Amsterdam Central Station. (Sixt has places everywhere but only the Station location handles the cargo vans). After that we were free to go by bike wherever we needed to go – several lovely trips into Haarlem. We spent 2 afternoons at the beautiful waterfall restaurant on the lake.(Vork & Mes on the Haarlemmeerse).
The village of Hoofddorp is lovely with a main bike trail leading directly from our place in Overbos to downtown, as well as the nearby shopping plaza. We spent a lovely and relaxing few days, but then it was time to start worry about getting all our gear and bikes back home… and this is a story in itself.