A WARM Dutch Welcome

We made it!!!  And what a welcome we had!!!  A lovely 27C on a bluebird sunny day.

After a small adventure in Iceland…be warned….it seems like a very large airport for such a small country!  And after landing we had to go through a security search????  Then our plane was delayed about 20 minutes…in any case, we never made it outside, except to board the plane…and it was COLD!

So not having slept on the previous flight due to the window scenery of  so many lakes of NWT  and the man in the full moon over Hudsons Bay….the glaciers floating below by Greenland….so interesting.

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Our arrival in Amsterdam was unbelievably easy.  If you have nothing to declare, you walk right in.  Just plug your VISA card into the train ticket machine and pick your destination, tickets pop out (don’t forget to validate them at the post before going to the platform) and off you go….our host was waiting for us when we arrived in Purmerend Overwhere Station just 30 minutes later.

Here are some pics of our digs….a 5 minute walk from the train station or a 15 minute walk to the Koemaket (Cowmarket in English) which is the main square.

Front entrance
Front entrance
Kitchen (complete with dishwasher)
Kitchen (complete with dishwasher)
Living room
Living room
Back garden
Back garden
View from top (3rd) floor loft.
View from top (3rd) floor loft.

An arrangement of fresh roses on the table, cold beer and mineral water in the fridge, fresh fruit on the counter, coffee in the cupboard….

There is a very good grocery store only 5 minute walk away where we went to get a few things for dinner, breakfast and lunch.  Oh, yes, the Paleo eating has been going good so far, as we ate mostly the food I brought along in my carry on bag (  boiled eggs, cheese, veggies, Paleo Muffins and crackers.) My 20% I used in Edmonton where we had a very delicious chicken shawarma with lettuce, tomato, onion and garlic sauce.  The ‘Albert Hein’ grocery store carries all kinds of organic food, seeds, nuts, and, yes, the ever so popular Pindenkraas!  There are quite few Turkish grocery stores where you also find a huge variety of olives marinated in fresh herbs, spices, peppers, etc.  Today I learned the Dutch word for sauerkraut…zuurcool.

We went for a stroll down to the Koemarket and wow! was it lively.  There are lots of restaurants/bars with tables outside…all very busy on a Sunday night.

Just after it got dark, the storm moved in.  Sheet lightening and rolls of thunder that were the longest and loudest I have ever experienced.  And they continued on and off through most of the night….along with a good rain storm.

Where the heck is Purmerend?
Where the heck is Purmerend?
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