A good weekend

Trip Start May 17, 2008
Trip End Aug 24, 2008

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Flag of Netherlands  , Gelderland,
Sunday, June 15, 2008

As I write this now it is Sunday afternoon, and I am sitting out on our patio in the nice weather relaxing. It has been a pretty busy weekend, so now is a nice opportunity to reflect, relax, and convey my cultural experiences to you.

On Friday right after work Mike, Me, and his boss (Philip) and Philip's wife went to a party hosted by the Waterschap Rijn & Issel (where Mike works) to watch the Dutch play in the Euro cup again. This was quite the experience! We went to a "Discotek" (I'm not sure of the spelling) which is basically like a big dance club. The place that we went was a huge building with many difference dance rooms... but it was not exclusively for dance-- they catered to groups as well. So first we had a buffet dinner. The dinner was great, and there were many different kinds of food. During the dinner a musician was playing.

After dinner they had many different options of things to do-- we could watch the soccer game, play poker, even take some classes. Mike & I watched the soccer game, and that was fun to be with a couple hundred dutch people all dressed in orange cheering for their team. The dutch won the game, too, 4-1 against France! This means the Dutch will now advance to the quarter finals, and if they play as good as they have been, maybe even win the Euro Cup.

After the game there was dancing. It was very different than what it is in America because the DJ's had people play games & doing Karaoke. It was also funny to hear what American music was played-- a lot of Grease (the musical), YMCA, etc. Well, we stayed for a while but by that time it was around 1 a.m., so we headed home.

On Saturday the weather was not so nice, but I decided to head to the Veluwe. This is a forest area about 45 minutes away, where there are bicycles in the park that anyone can use, and you can just ride around and have fun. The problem was that I had to take a train to Arnhem (a city about 1/2 hour away), then a bus from Arnhem to the Veluwe. However, I neglected to remember that the bus drivers are on strike right now, so I got to Arnhem, and well, ended up spending the day sightseeing in Arnhem as the busses were not running. Arnhem had a pretty big downtown area, though, and so it was kind of fun to walk around and see the sights. There was a band playing drums in one area with people doing fake fighting to the drum beats (karate or some other martial arts). This was fun to watch for a while. I also went and saw the bridge from the movie "A Bridge Too Far", that bridge is in Arnhem. All in all it was pretty nice to just walk around and see the sights.

Sunday morning Mike & I went to church with Peter's parents, and then to their house for coffee afterwards. Even though the service was in Dutch it was good to just be a part of that worship. I think we will probably continue to go to their church-- we'll see.

So that brings me right up to this moment, and now you are updated on what I have been up to! Tonight Mike & I have been invited over to his colleague's house for dinner. Hope everyone is doing well, you all are on my mind often.

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