Finally over the jet lag, I feel normal again! 7 flights in 30 days, luggage made it each time and every flight was on time except one and that was due to weather – that’s impressive. I was patted down in Zurich and Amsterdam, and only Edinburgh caught the liquids in my purse (I always forget about them). The Netherlands, where is that? Most people, myself included, think Holland is the name of the country, Holland is actually a province in the Netherlands. When you think of this country, you might think of tulips, wooden clogs, cheese and windmills, but many things here in America have their roots in Dutch. Cookie comes from the Dutch word koekje and dollar comes from the Dutch word daler. That’s all I remember. Oh yes, and Heineken beer is Dutch, I thought it was German. As with all of Europe, everything is much smaller than here in the states, roads, cars, refrigerators, spoons, coffee cups, etc… Here are some more pictures from my time in the Netherlands, enjoy!
Church service at the Stelma’s home
Rachel, Paula and Susi – Amsterdam, cold and rainy morning, later is was sunny and nice!
Canal in Amsterdam
Rachel – she is the daughter of Jan and Paula Stelma, the family I stayed with in Sassenheim
Rijksmuseum – Amsterdam
This is Dutch!
These things are everywhere!!
Cool old car in Amsterdam
The day turned out beautiful!
Lunch with Susi, Heleen, Rachel and Paula in Amsterdam
Me and Susi
No, I did not try one!
Bike ride to the beach! It was about 8 miles one way – extremely WINDY! Had a great time, thank goodness for electric bicycles. You still have to pedal, but it makes it much easier.
On the way to the beach!
Lighthouse at the beach
Dutch pancakes are like crepes, but to them they are pancakes. It was very good!
Just a little windy – Susi Gangster
The body of water is the North Sea – in case you were wondering
On our way back from the beach
Dinner at Heleen’s – Heleen, Barry, Rachel, Paula, Jan, Ruben and Susi
Rachel – very tired
OK flower people – what are these? They smelled wonderful
Village of Urk – visited the ladies from the church who live here. It is a true fishing village. Had a wonderful day and was treated to an incredible lunch.
Lighthouse – Urk
Flower Parade in Sassenheim
Flower Parade – Sassenheim – it was fantastic!
Paula getting some sun
The Stelma’s backyard (garden), I like it.
Having fun in the flowers! Thankfully they started blooming. They were late by about 4 weeks.
Stelma’s home – 4 levels, this is level 2, below is an office, levels 3 and 4 are the bedrooms.
Paula in her birthday outfit
Ruben is a barista, coffee is very big in the Netherlands. Here he is making coffee the way it should be made, an involved process, but worth it. It was the color of tea when done, I thought it would be weak, but it was SO GOOD!!
The Family – standing from the left: Jan & Paula, Barry & Rachel, Joachim & Mellaney, David & Sandra and Ruben & Rachella.
Rachel and Rebecca – last night in Sassenheim
I told the Stelmas to weigh themselves now and then after a month of eating at their new McDonald’s to weigh themselves again.