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…)
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.
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.
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.
Oh, and I saw a llama.
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!