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Dutch Countryside

Thursday, 25 August 2011

On my last day in Amsterdam, I rented a bicycle to explore the countryside outside of Amsterdam.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

As you can see, the bike paths ran along the top of the dykes – a ready-made network for an amazing series of bike paths.

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The Dutch countryside.

Rough-horsing:

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The Dutch countryside.

For about sixty seconds, as I cycled along this stretch, a swooping songbird flew alongside, diving for insects along the side of the dyke. It was an absolutely magical experience and made me marvel at what it must be like to fly with the birds. Probably an absolutely magical experience, I decided.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

Dykes on the left, water on the right:

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

I found a nook here, on top of the dyke, and sat and wrote postcards for a while:

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

How’s this for a backyard?

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A sweet backyard.

I turned around at the small town of Spaarndam, which dates back to the 13th century, but was made famous by the fictional story of the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dyke: Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, published in 1865.

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Spaarndam

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Spaarndam

Have you ever seen a memorial to a symbolic fictional character? I have!

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Spaarndam

I ate my dinner in Spaarndam, too. So this is what Spaarndamese food looks like:

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Spaarndamese food

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Spaarndam

Windmills!

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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The Dutch countryside.

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