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The Louvre in Paris

A tradition dating back to the 17th century, the Friday Alkmaar cheese market is purely a tourist spectacle. But it’s fun; how many times in your life are you going to get to see a pair of grown men running with cheese?

For centuries, cheese porters (wearing colored hats indicating their guild) present their goods to buyers wearing white coats. Buyers will insert a hollow rod into a wheel to test the cheese’s fat and moisture levels and if its satisfactory, the porters will load up a truck with the day’s purchase.

After walking around the cute town for awhile, I stopped in an Italian cafe/restaurant. While making my sandwich, the waiter asked if I was there for the cheese market.

“It is stupid. All these people come just to see the men…” He searched for the right phrase and gestured as if he were picking up a wheel of cheese from the ground and chucking it on a wagon.

“Toss the cheese?”

“Yes. Toss the cheese.”

I agreed, but said that it was a good show. He couldn’t disagree with that.