So, I had plans. You lot would hardly notice that we'd be in the Netherlands. Well, apart from all the wonderful pictures I was going to post.
However. Reality intervened.
What happened? Some illusions got shattered. Like the one where I keep to a schedule (this illusion gets shattered on a regular basis - but might I note that in some weird warped way I do manage to keep to a work schedule? Work-me and normal-life-me are not the same person). Another illusion to get shattered was the one where I did not eat all the lovely cake and cookies people so thoughtfully put in front of me. Also shattered was the one where I went running more than twice. (I am actually really proud of going running twice.) And of course the mere thought of checking email was vanquished when we ended up staying in the beach side resort of Bergen, Noord-Holland where people are wealthy enough to get their own internet and thus do not need wifi hotspots sprinkled around town.
But I did snap pictures. Look, here are some tulips I photographed while stuck in front of a red light. (Reminds me of the abundance of orchids in Singapore.) Please note the dreary weather in the background.
And here's a mum with what is so charmingly called a "tub bike". These are very fashionable in Amsterdam-Zuid, the Bukit Timah area of the Netherlands.
We were the only ones thinking it was freezing cold. Look, some people thought the smidgen of sun warranted a picknick by the waterside:
So, now that I've proven that we really were in the Netherlands, I'll go and meditate on my plans.
For our beloved Dutchies:
Lieve vrienden en familie, wij hebben genoten van ons bezoek aan jullie, wij hebben genoten van Elsemieke's logeerpartijen en dagprogramma's, van het bewonderen van babies en het vele heerlijke eten dat ons is voorgeschoteld. Wij hebben genoten van de promotie van broer W. (al begrepen wij er weinig van, maar gelukkig van de stukjes tijdens het feest des te meer) en wij hebben genoten van de frisse lucht, het Hollandse strand met snijdende wind, het voeren van konijnen, geiten, eendjes en wat al niet meer. Het was heerlijk. In oktober weer!
Want we missen jullie wel. Eigenlijk.