Archive for August, 2020

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:

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