pancakes, rain & clowns

We are a bit late in updating our blog, but here’s a quick recap of the ten days we spent in the Netherlands before leaving for Tanzania!

We saw friends–both Joost’s childhood friends and my friends that I met in Australia. Some of them are really tall! (or maybe I’m just really short…)

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We ate a lot of pancakes–mini pancakes with powdered sugar, huge pancakes with bananas and bacon… My pants were definitely a bit tighter when I left Europe than they had been when I arrived.

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We attempted to burn off the pancake/bread/sugar diet we were on while in the Netherlands–the Kilimanjaro 1/2 marathon is about 50 days away, so we logged a couple training runs through the farmlands and bike paths.

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We saw a Dutch circus–Joost’s family decided to surprise me with tickets to a circus in Amsterdam! It was, without a doubt, one of the strangest things I have ever seen, but it was wonderful. The show included: a dog riding on a seal’s back, shirtless men doing backflips off the back of moving horses, shirtless men in bedazzled jeggings climbing up poles, a body contortionist, trapeze artists from North Korea, Chinese gymnasts doing flips and throwing each other in the air while clutching rice bowls with their toes and clowns singing opera.

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Oh, and I saw a llama.

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We had a wonderful (but busy!) trip to the Netherlands. We also had the chance to meet with an organization in Amsterdam about a program we are considering implementing in the primary school we’re at in Tanzania. We had a lot of rain and grey skies, but for the first time in my four visits to the Netherlands, it was actually almost warm-ish!

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