Below Sea Level
Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
65Trip End Oct 26, 2007
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There wasn't a hill in sight as we flew into Amsterdam; just a network of canals and drains across the countryside. It seemed very neat & organized from above, but we arrived into nothing so organised as a queue at passport control in Den Haag - just a conglomeration of people converging on just a couple of open booths.
Ngaire was still there when we were finally spat out of the system, and she whisked us back to their apartment in Den Haag with some help from her GPS, affectionately known as Geepers. Geepers was a constant companion over the next couple of days.
Makayla is several sizes bigger than when we last saw her, and had given up her bedroom for us. At two and a half she is chattering very intelligibly and intelligently and is constantly asking "Wass that??"
Next day Damon was able to take a day off from his work at OPCW, the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (or something very like that anyway) at United Nations, so he and Ngaire took us to Delft.
"Tile Land" of the Netherlands is maybe how its best known, but in fact Delft is full of historic buildings dating back to the 13th century, narrow paved streets with decorated window boxes and planters, and canals with beautiful water lilies that criss-cross the city.
Limited space means that carparking is necessarily
Then on to Kinderdijk to see the working windmills dating back to the 16th century. We walked along the canal and it's a strange feeling to see houses below the level of the dike we have just driven along.