Going Dutch

Okay, it's been two weeks and still no blog posts. What can I say… I've been busy! Seriously, I have! Hopefully this blog thing will get easier after I get a little into it. Enough procrastinating- I'm ready to go now…

So, as previously mentioned, it's been just over two weeks since we left the Great White North and already our time in the old world has come to a close. Did we see windmills? Dozens, maybe even a hundred. Did we get our pictures taken in clogs? You know it! Did we do the infamous red-light district and coffee shops of old Amsterdam? Hells ya we did that too. Did we eat raw herring and smoked eel? C'mon really? Van Gogh museum? Check! But what this trip to the Netherlands was really all about was family- and in that regard, Holland was aces! We saw family whom we haven't seen in more than twenty years, family who we just said goodbye to in Canada just a few days before our own departure, and family who we've never met before. We even had a chance to meet up with old friends that we met on prior trips down the not-so-lonesome-road. To all of you- thanks for making the Dutch portion of our trip so memorable. I would just like to add at this point that I have some amazing family and I'm so happy that I finally got to meet you.

Windmills at Kinderdijk

So what else did we get up to in the Nederland? Well, we did put on over 900 kms on a rental car (which for Holland is quite an accomplishment I think) and a few hundred more on trams, trains and buses- and not in a circle either- nope, we went from the extreme north of Freisland to the southern border town of Maastricht and lots of cool places in between. We ate a lot of cheese, and yes, potatoes too. We visited the town of Delft where the famous blue and white coloured pottery comes from and the area around Kinderdijk where 18th century windmills line the canals as far as you can see. Did I mention that we saw Electric Six rip it up in quite possibly the most famous and coolest music venue in all of Holland (the Melkweg) – oh yeah we did! We also got to know a great town called Amsterdam, and there is no doubt that we will be back again to get to know it some more.

All in all, it was a great way to kick off our 2012/13 travel season.

At the moment, I'm sitting here on the balcony of the apartment that we rented for a few nights in Bentota, Sri Lanka. The sun just set over the lagoon that I look over and where many crocodiles and hundreds of species of birds call home. An amazing palm-fringed beach is just a ten minute stroll away, but now I am encroaching on territory strictly reserved for the next blog installment.

Much luv to all.