Koningsdag in Amsterdam


Arrived! A few highlights from the plane window were Colombo by night, Iranian mountains dusted with snow, the Carpathians with heavy snow cover and colourful tulip fields as we approached Schiphol. Ian was excited because the second leg was in an A380.

It’s freezing here! We did bicycle assembly on the footpath outside Enno’s house, assisted by him and his excellent set of tools. Then he kindly escorted us across town to our place of accommodation in the eastern part of Amsterdam in an area where all the streets are named after places in Indonesia  – eg Celebestraat, Sumatrastraat. This is a multicultural area where we have observed Muslims going to mosque and Surinamese and Turkish fast food.

Koningsdag (King’s Day) was in evidence with street parties, children conducting footpath sales of drinks and 2nd hand toys and lots of people dressed in orange. We put our orange accessories on to blend in.


The bikes emerge


Enno leads the way


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