I have come to realise that I am now one of those people who talks about the weather incessantly. I’m sorry. However when the good days seem few and far between, you tend to celebrate when it’s good! And the weather has been just spectacular! So we did like Netherlanders and got on our bikes and headed out to the local woods.
There we found a likely patch of grass next to a canal (of course!), and watched the passing traffic.
It was such a picturesque spot that we ended up camping out there for quite some time. The 2 other families we were sharing the space with ended up leaving. We just continued soaking up the much needed vitamin D.
But even if we had the patch of gross to ourselves eventually, we certainly weren’t alone in reveling in the bright, drenching sunshine.
As it turned out, the spot we chose to plant ourselves was one of the least populated in the woods! As we rode in and out, everywhere else was teeming with families!
There are of course other things to love about spring too …
We spent more time than I care to admit watching this mother duck shepherd her babies around the lily pads. At least one of them was tired and determined that he should be able to sit in the middle of one of the lily pads if he wanted to. Of course, they kept sinking when he sat on them!
As we left the Bos (woods) we decided to make up for our lack of household coffee from earlier in the morning by having an espresso on the way home in this delightful cafe. It is really one of the most pleasant spots in Amsterdam, where you can sit and watch the antique trams going past.
Given how infrequently I get on my fiets (bicycle) I was hoping the added stamina from the espresso would assist me in getting home!
It was helpful for stamina!
What it didn’t help with was the altercation I had with the pedestrian on the bike path. Yes, I have run over my first (oblivious) pedestrian. At least he realised it was his own fault (he was Dutch). Damn it gave me the shakes though!
Am I a real Amsterdammer now?