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... cities) has a huge cathedral in the central square and many old buildings. . .but, oh my, thousands of bicycles. As a matter of fact, parking lots for the bicycles are bigger than those for cars.
Frank witnessed a woman pedaling her bicycle in the middle of a group of about 50 bikers while she was "texting".. As a result there was a near 'wipe-out' of the 50. Needless to say there was an uproar from the group with words that are unprintable..
So, what did we get on our KLM flight besides mimosas? How about little Dutch houses filled with gin!? They are made by Bols Distilleries exclusively for KLM. I quote from their website:
"KLM Blue Delft Miniature Houses presents some of the Old Dutch Houses situated along the canals in Amsterdam and other age-old towns in Holland. These houses are presented to travelers on board KLM flights in Business ...
... sea level and wet and fertile. Our guide told us a bit about the history of the place and as we entered the city I was slightly overwhelmed by the number of people riding bikes. I had expected a few, but not this many!
The coach dropped us off around the corner from The Flying Pig hostel, I really hate it when the recommended place isn't actually where the bus stops! If I knew that prior I would probably book a different hostel just ...
On Thursday 1st August, half of the group on the Erasmus Dutch language course I'm doing had the day off class so we decided we wanted to go on a bike trip. Two of my closest friends in the group, Marlina and Miriam, both had the day off too, and Miriam is going to University of Haarlem for one semester, so wanted to visit her soon-to-be home!
The only is issue with these plans was the 50km round trip, and my bike.
Now, to be honest, I can't really complain about ...
... and start that trek with Cologne - a part of me feels like I am coming home. Among other things, a visit to the Cathedral, Roman German Museum, a visit to a chocolate museum then free afternoon and evening in the city-lunch at a Brauhause then out exploring down Hohe Strasse-pedestrian only shopping.
Makes me feel like the best of this trip-and life-is yet to come - and I say, thank you God, for this trip. It's all good. All is well with my ...