[ Bikers galore and funky clogs ]

Trip Start Mar 19, 2003
Trip End Mar 26, 2003

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Thursday, March 20, 2003

Onward ho! Now that our bellies were happily filled, we made our way to Amstelveen to see how traditional Dutch clogs are made. The bus ride took a little over an hour and along the way, I noticed that there were actual bike lanes for bikers so that they could ride their bikes without the concern of knocking over any fellow pedestrians and not be hassled by the fact that they too could get run over by passing cars. Bikers were everywhere and I wouldn't be surprised if there were more Dutch people with bikes than cars. I suppose what they say is true, a Dutchman without a bike is a like a fish without water.

The first of two very distinct memories I have of Holland is of a boy on his bike, braving the biting wind, and how his cheeks stuck out like two intensely fire engine-red smudges on an artist's palette. He gave a friendly wave and smile in our direction as we waited for the traffic light to turn green. The other incident that is embedded into my memory is of a Mom and her adorable baby girl waving a chubby fist at us as they strolled along. How cute. From these brief occurances, I was able to conclude that the Dutch are a very laid-back and amiable group of people.

At Klompenmakerij Ratterman in Amstelveen, I purchased a bunch of Dutch souvenirs. They ranged from quaint and quirky to horribly touristy things like little Dutch clog keychains. I'm sorry, they were so adorably cute, I couldn't resist. Took a picture with a hecka mega large pair of clogs to add to my album of touristy photos, and added to that a couple of pictures of miniatures windmills.

The touristy side of me was beginning to emerge in all its glory.

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