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Monday, May 13, 2013

Biking through the Dutch countryside

Here in the Netherlands we had a bank holiday during the week, so my Dutchman and I made the most of the (much needed) day off with an afternoon of cycling through the country.

One thing we both love about Amsterdam is its close proximity to the country scenery. I love what city life has to offer but living in but the countryside holds a special place in my heart too. It's my dream to keep pet chickens again one day!

From Amsterdam's city center, we just have to follow the Amstel River out of the city center and a few kilometers later suddenly, we're transported to another world of farms, windmills and lots of cows.


It's no surprise that my Dutchman is a big fan of cycling (as so many Dutch are) and he takes the whole thing pretty seriously, busting out spandex shorts, fancy cycling shoes, a speedy racing bike, the whole nine yards! During a spring bike ride last year, I learned a hard lesson... that my yellow, perfectly accessorized bike is adorable, but it is not a bike for racing. At all.

So, this week, my sweet handyman added yet another bike to his collection and fixed up a nice vintage racing bike just for me! Needless to say, he's been waiting for the day I can race along the river and (try to) keep the pace.

I tried my best to race him but, my speed isn't up to par with his. He cheered me on to keep racing and even treated me to a mid-afternoon beer in the sun (which for the record did not in any way help my speed increase).

In total, our trip was 40km (25 miles) and boy, were my legs burning! In all honestly, I wouldn't have minded a few more stops to take pictures- so many cute windmill, tulip and sheep photos were missed as we zoomed by but I did manage to snap a few. Enjoy!

  
 

Now that spring has arrived we're all about getting outside, enjoying nature and getting some exercise! What outdoor activities do you enjoy?

12 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this looks so beautiful! I really hope I can go back and visit Amsterdam again soon! I would love to do a bike ride like this. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures! I love to spend time outdoors, go hiking in the woods, bike rides...

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    1. Thanks Katin! You should definitely bike when visiting Amsterdam, just be really (really!) cautious in the city center cause it gets pretty hectic.

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  2. Super! Maybe I'll try it next weekend :) This Sunday I was out doing urban foraging in Frankendael Park and it was something very interesting that I think everyone should try once.

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    1. Urban foraging? I want to join! Park Frankendael is great, I love the PureMarkt over there too.

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    2. Frankendael is my favourite park, and PureMarkt it's great, especially in the summer. If you want to go foraging you can contact Lynn from http://urbanherbology.org/. She is the one organising the walks, teaching people how to do it. Maybe we'll meet at one of her walks sometimes.

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  3. I love biking outside the city! It's amazing how close the countryside is sometimes. I once did a bike tour around the Amsterdam country side and loved it!

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    1. Oh fun! I didn't know they had bike tours outside of the city center but that makes sense since all the cute windmills are by the farms, of course!

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  4. Your photographs are so beautiful! Biking is at the top of my list of things I love about the Netherlands!
    xM

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  5. i want to do that!!! seriously if holland at a little bit better weather i would move there so fast! i just don't think i could deal with the immense cold and rain

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    1. Oh man, you're right. I totally hate the weather here- it's completely depressing! But you should come to Holland in the summer when there's at least a small chance of warmth and sunshine haha. Why is it I didn't I move to Spain...?!?

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  6. Anonymous19.5.13

    I am waiting for another sunny summer day for a countryside bike ride, too!

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