We stopped at Gouda because it was a Thursday, and we thought we would visit the weekly cheese market, in a city widely famed for its cheese. It turned out that the market, which according to its own website starts up for the summer in "mid-June," wouldn't be there until the 28th (one week after our visit). There were a couple of cheese stalls on the regular market, but as to traditions such as cheese-weighing, we had to make do with the museum exhibits.
But such is life. To dwell on what we didn't see would be to miss the point of all the wonderful little corners we enjoyed as we wandered around, getting lightly rained on with the music of a barrel organ never far away.