Hiking the NL Dunes

September 12, 2020 2 comments

Looking for Bison in the Netherlands

September 5, 2020 Leave a comment
Bison dropping
Lunch after our walk
The North Sea
Climbing over the electric fence
A book about the bison in a steel book cover
Sour berries
Kite surfing off in the distance
Most of the year, the area is closed
Wild horses
Restaurant on the beach
Hiking with friends

We never saw any bison, so we’ll have to try again another weekend. You can read about them at https://www.dutchnews.nl/features/2018/02/the-bison-are-back-rewilding-the-dutch-dunes-brings-back-a-mega-beast/

Another hike at the Dunes near Zandvoort NL

August 30, 2020 Leave a comment

Saturday Hike Around The Amsterdamse Waterleiding Dunes

August 22, 2020 Leave a comment

Swimming in the North Sea

August 14, 2020 1 comment

Today in Zandvoort, a friend and I went for a swim in the North Sea. This was after a relaxing lunch of sangria, pizza and salad.

We skipped the opportunity to enjoy the mobile fishstand pictured being driven around by a tractor.

For reference, I remember the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon and Washington as being colder than what I experienced today in the North Sea. I’ll have to check it out at different times of the year though.

Garbage & Recycling in Amsterdam

August 13, 2020 Leave a comment
Each neighborhood has a number of areas like this. Notice the one in my neighborhood has plants around the “cans”, which is pretty unique for Amsterdam. Nobody has ever given me a good reason as to why Amsterdam (maybe all of NL) doesn’t recycle aluminium.
The planter boxes are part of the entire “can” that gets picked up and emptied into the garbage/recycling truck. It’s all operated by remote control.

Hiking The Dunes of NL

August 9, 2020 Leave a comment

We met up with friends for a hike today and saw the wild deer that live there and the large black carp in a canal. But we also came across the village for gnomes. Apparently, when someone in the surrounding are dies, the family walk to this one spot and put a gnome there in their honor. But apparently the gnomes do move around, or maybe they get moved by someone.

At the end of the hike, where we met up and started, was a pub for a nice cold beer. Inside the pub were quite a few gnomes too.

Country Walk Near Harlem, NL

August 3, 2020 Leave a comment

We met up with friends in the Ikea parking lot, because there is a train stop there and it’s near the trails we walked. Most of the trails are for bikes too and sometimes we were on small country roads.

Lunch was on the waterfront of Spaarnekade:

https://maps.app.goo.gl/Y8U8dVstqqdnmgEDA

Spare Tire, Small Car?

July 27, 2020 Leave a comment

Weekend in Dusseldorf

July 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Four of us took a short weekend break in Dusseldorf, which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Amsterdam. A few things we saw were a crooked church steeple, Canadian geese walking down the sidewalk, things to encourage bee hives, not many old/interesting buildings since the city was almost flattened in WWII, and a unique green roof on a new building.

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