I think Frank is slowing trying to kill me….

2 08 2008

We went for another bike ride today…yup…can no longer feel my left butt cheek.  Nor can I feel my right hand, so please excuse any typos that may occur.  My legs feel like jello, my back is stiff, and my allergies went haywire on the ride home… BUT MAN DID WE HAVE A GREAT DAY!!! 🙂

We took the kids to a beach that is pretty much 1/2 way between Spakenburg and Nijkerk, if you use “Melissa measurements”.   Last time we went in that direction we went to Spakenburg and took the dyke back to Zevenhuizerstraat to get home, this time we took the same street and went right up to the dyke and headed in the opposite direction, to the beach.  It was a cute little beach located on the IJsselmeer, where the kids can swim and we can watch the boats go by.  The weather was questionable at the best of times, it seemed that as soon as we arrived the clouds decided to join us, so it got a bit chilly once the sun was gone.  But we had a good time with a picnic and watching Stoney enjoy his freedom of being off the leash for a bit; that was until he decided to poke his nose into some unsuspecting person’s lunch bag.  Luckily he was noticed before taking off with the goods.  We were probably there for a good couple hours before it was time to go and head back home, of course in true Frank fashion… the long way home ;). 

We ended up in Nijkerk, ok… love Nijkerk!!  Just a cute little city, with a WONDERFUL city centre.  Adorable stores and the small side streets with the bars and cafes that line them. We stopped for ice cream after picking up a Christmas present for Michelle (hey it was on sale).  As we were about to leave we somehow ended up in what looked like the city square.  They were just packing up the markt that must take place there every Saturday.  But this looked more like an antique type markt, with old pots, baskets, wash basins, and even a spindle.  I would love to have that in the house for decoration but we just don’t have the room. They also had some nice glass wear and a few old Delft tiles and pottery, but I have to double check to make sure it was the real stuff and not some knock off.   I would like to go back to Nijkerk and spend more time there to look around and go to the museums or churches.   It would be a city we’d consider living in if we do buy.  The houses there are reasonable and a lot cheaper then here in Amersfoort, but if moving there was an option then we’d also have to get Frank a mode of transportation other then the bike.  A’foort is about a 20-30 minute bike ride from Nijkerk.  Hopefully when Frank is on vacation in a few days we can head back here for another visit.  

On the bike path back to Amersfoort we came upon a few… just one or two ducks.  Ok  there were a bunch of ducks and as soon as we stopped the bikes a mamma duck came towards us at lightning speed.  Well as fast as a duck can waddle.   But they were all asleep at the side of the fietspad and even the bikes didn’t bother them.  They didn’t have a care in the world. 

The trek home was a bit difficult since the wind was coming right at us.  It probably took us longer then it should, but with the dog sitting up and adding to the wind resistance, my legs were about to fall off.   But when I saw the sign for Amersfoort I swear I heard angels singing it was a glorious sight to see that blue sign.  By this point we were all ready to just go home and chill out with pizza for dinner and a movie.  Right now as I type this the kids are watching “Grease”…. *stands up and does dance moves to “Grease Lightening”*.



2 responses

2 08 2008

Wow, you do a lot of cycling! It’s so healthy, so it’s not a bad thing 😉
And there are a lot of wonderful things to see from the bike paths in the Netherlands. A great feature about this country! Nijkerk is also one of my favorite city centers.

4 08 2008

Hi! I hope it is ok that I am linking your blog to mine?! I am always looking for other expats to read about! Have a good one!

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