...And it's causing a lot of drama apparently. I had the honor of being caught it part of a cross crountry massive transport shutdown over the weekend.
First, Ellen and I visited the Dickens Festival in Deventer, about 90 minutes east of Amsterdam.
It was a lovely time, pretty snow, and lots of tea to keep warm. On the way back, a 90 minute trip turned into five (yes, FIVE) hours of crazy train hopping and knocking people over to get on the only way out. It was pure chaos!
We don't really have snow issues in Florida so, despite the crazy day it was still a bit entertaining. Fortunately, we had internet on our phones and we could check to see which, if any, trains were still running. At one point, so many people were crowded at the station they opened up a train just for people to sit in. What I head on the weather forecast was about 10cm of snow...and it caused all of these issues, I can't believe it.
Our plan was to just keep running for the next train that was heading somewhat back towards Amsterdam. We finally made it back to Leiden after four hours
and then I experienced a Christmas miracle!
We were waiting for a different train to take me close enough so I could take a bus into Amsterdam. But, for some reason they (finally) opened the tracks and added an extra train that was heading to the airport and Amsterdam Central. YAY!
I leapt down the stairs, and dashed around to the other side of the station and made it on the train! Then, about twice as long as it usually takes, I got home to Amsterdam. Hearing "Amsterdam Centraal" over the loudspeaker never sounded better! I can't even imagine what people went though at Schipol Airport, that must have been even more insane.
So, I can check crazy winter travel dilemmas off my list now. And no matter how much drama the weather caused, snow is still pretty to look at. Here are some pictures I snapped along the way...
View from my apartment...at 8am it's still dark!
Snow covered bikes...
Ellen standing in the snow on my street...9am and it's still dark! Geez.
Ellen and I on a snowy day in Deventer, just before the crazy train dilemma began
Dutch of the Day: Snow = Sneeuw