Annette and I went on a bicycle ride around the neighborhood.
|They are building a new milking parlour.|
|Lippenhuizen is having a 700 year celebration in September.|
|Of course I bought some zoute drop!|
Sunday, we went to church in Groningen and drove around. We also went to Sneek, to see the sand sculptures and walk around the city center. The weather turned beautiful which added to the great visit.
|This has to do with World War II and the Jews being moved on the trains to concentration camps.|
|Church near the central square in Sneek|
|Ducking as they go under the bridge.|
|If your boat was too large, you can pay for them to raise the bridge.|
|Making a deal, a duck for a...|
|A typical walking street.|
On Monday, Annette and Sjoerd took me to Rheden where I met my de Regt cousins, my mom's side of the family. In the evening, Henk and Wies took me to Ede where I meet up with my Langelaar cousins, which did include my 93 year old aunt, my dad's sister. The Dutch is coming along, although understanding it is much easier then trying to speak it. Occasionally I manage to get a decent sentence out. Most people here have some English. I spent the night at Teus and Ineke's. Sorry totally forgot to take pictures, spent time chatting instead.
Tuesday, I traveled by train and bus to Schiphol to meet up with Joel and Julie Holtrop.
|On my way to Schiphol by train.|
They arranged for an airbnb in Utrecht for the rest of this week. It is a neat place and gives a good feel of what it's like living here.
|Stairs up to where I'm sleeping, quite an incline.|
|The bedroom where I sleep|
|Looking down out of the window|
|Hallway to the front door|
|Living room with Joel and Julie|
|Dining room with window right by the sidewalk.|
Sunday we head back to Amsterdam to connect with the bicycle tour. I'm really enjoying this holiday. Lots of memories coming back from previous visits to The Netherlands. I have been very blessed to be able to come here and enjoy this time with friends and family.