Appartementenhotel de Vischpoorte
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Actually, someone else gave me some more gladioli, and Mona stuck them in my pack. The top of them kept bobbing over the front of my hat in and out of view. I was starting to feel quite seasick. Rein and Marianne also gave us some more gladioli later, but we both forgot to take them with us when we left for home.
The last three miles are always the longest. We expanded the 'spot the nationality' game into a ...
... apparently the modern way of fixing blistered feet. With two different styles of dressing, I was in a unique position to test the efficacy of them both, but I will come to that at the end of the week.
A shower soothed the aches, followed by some of Marianne's wonderful cooking, some of Rein's carefully chosen wine and an hour watching TV Gelderland's round-up of the day presented by a man called Harm, who does it every year.
Certain American habits have reached the Netherlands before me. Very pleasant ones, as there are now decorative pumpkins for sale in October, Valentine gifts in February and jingle bells in the shops at, you guessed it, Christmas time.
There are also a few annoying features reaching our shores from the land of the free. It seems to become the fashion to find an extraordinary, unexpected way to ask your girlfriend to marry you. Preferably when she has no idea you were ...
... has been wonderful; that is mainly because, until now, you
probably knew this, our team has won each match. It helps to keep the mood up.
It seems that the whole world is ...
... With dinner over, photos taken and a some shots of Amaretto we said our goodbyes and headed for the 1 1/2 hour train trip back to Amsterdam. We booked 2nd Class fare for the return trip but we ended in the "stitle" or "silence car. Anyway I know that I speak loudly at the best of times, so we were chatting in our seats when one of the local dutch boys (he looked like he was a member of the Nazi Youth Group) spoke up and said this was a "silent" car and he ...