Our life in Holland. Other people’s lives. Sometimes, the crossroads of our lives and theirs.
At or below sea level, water plays an important role in much of the country. Shipping, agriculture, and land reclamation are essential to Dutch life. So is rain.
Dijks separate water,
What can’t be grown outside, is grown inside. Naturally, a bike path bisects fields of greenhouses.
In Amsterdam, a canal bisects the city and a sea of bicycles. There are hundreds of bicycles parked within view. There are hundreds of canals in the city.
Rails run down the center, buses and small cars use the lanes, bicycles fill the brick-colored bike lanes, and parked cars separate pedestrians from it all. This is prudent and humane city planning. People and things are transported efficiently.
Real people walk and rides bikes. Most people walk and ride bikes.
This small rural street is one lane wide, with two bicycle lanes, one on either side for each direction of travel. More bicycles than cars use this route.
A teenager riding with a euphonium is completely normal. His mother congratulated his performance, kissed him on the cheek, and sent him cycling towards home. Parents attended the outdoor concert by bike, despite 30kph headwinds/tailwinds. Aerobars on upright bikes are not uncommon.
Wind, weather and age are not excuses to stay home, or to drive.
This food-truck festival was widely attended, mostly by cyclists and pedestrians.
Other industries are present along the county’s waterways.
A rich history is everpresent.
Alongside modern life.
Best of all, natural settings are not lost amidst centuries of civilization. Open spaces exist in Europe, and we’re still clambering along the shores of the North Sea– hills and forests lie ahead.