Last night Marco and family arrived ! It was quite late (almost midnight ) which meant that the English cousins were wide awake given the time difference. Roos on the other hand was struggling to stay awake as the pictures show ..
It’s truly a waterpolo Saturday, keeping us of the street from 7am to 7pm. Lexi is up first and has her first game in a tournanment at San Clemente High School at 9am. In the afternoon Roos is up at Aliso Viejo High School with several games starting at 4pm. Pretty sure that both of them will sleep well tonight !
Afternoon update : Roos’ team is having a tough time with their opponent. We are half way through the game and it is 10-0.
De afgelopen dagen was het fijn fietsweer. Gisteren een tripje langs de IJsel met een stop bij café IJselhoeve.
Morgen is zitten de twee weken in Nederland er alweer op en is het tijd om terug te gaan. Vanaf Frankfurt eerst naar SFO en dan een laatste korte vlucht naar LA. Ik kom ‘s nachts om 1 uur aan dus zal geen file problemen hebben om thuis te komen.
Yesterday I travelled to The Hague and stayed the night. This time I decided to forego a trip by train as there were extensive delays around Utrecht, Leiden and Den Haag in the last two days. It was an opportunity to stay at an iconic hotel I was always curious about : Hotel Des Indes. It also had a great restaurant and I had plenty of time to try a 4 course surprise menu.
Before picking up my passport the next morning, I first went to visit the National Archives. It turns out Eva, who worked in my team when I was still at Mars, is now working at the Archives. She was going to take me on a special tour about the VOC. There were many documents and artifacts from that time, which was very interesting. More importantly she also explained how to really start genealogical research through the National Archives. I’ve had a few attempts as more and more documents are online but it gets difficult very quickly. After picking up my new passport, I had time to visit an outdoor market with antiques and books. From there I traveled back to Wapenveld and had my first Berenklauw on this trip for dinner.
Gisteren zijn we naar Den Haag gegaan. Ik moest een paspoort vernieuwen en dat gaat op afspraak. Mijn afspraak was om 9 uur op maandag maar dat betekent wel een vroege trip vanuit Wapenveld. We zijn om 6.45 met de trein uit Zwolle vertrokken en waren om 8.30 in Den Haag. De afspraak in Den Haag was snel en efficiënt en we stonden om 9.30 alweer buiten. We zijn eerst bij het Binnenhof wezen kijken en zijn voorbij het Mauritshuis gelopen naar het Plein. Daar hebben we iets gegeten bij Café Luden want het ontbijt in Wapenveld was al voor 6 uur ‘s ochtends. We zijn toen via het Voorhout en het Malieveld weer terug gewandeld naar het Centraal Station. Het laatste stukje was met de bus uit Zwolle en we waren om 3 uur weer terug in Wapenveld.
The weather today started to resemble summer again. We took a nice drive along the river IJsel to the town of Deventer. My dad knew how to park the car outside the city and take a small boat into town. This was actually very convenient because parking is a hassle in these old cities. I did some shopping in an old book antiquariat where I bought 3 books in a series from 1882. The bookshop was called ” Das Gute ist Immer da ” seemed to have a special interest in German literature. There was a bookcase full of Goethe books including a first print.
The weather hasn’t been great this week but we have been able to bike a bit. Yesterday we went to visit Ome Jan and Tante Riekie, who live in Heerde.
After we got home we went for a nice dinner in Restaurant ‘t Soerel. The food was excellent. The main course was 4 different types of veal. When we got home we decided to walk over to the local cafe called “Teun”. While my dad never goes there, they of course knew who he was. They called my nephew Johannes who comes to cafe once a week and he and his wife Magreet came over. It is surprising how they can live in the same small town, yet they hadn’t seen each other for a few years. I hadn’t seen Johannes for at least a decade. It was very nice to catch up over a drink. Bertine, who was with me in elementary school “de Goede Herderschool” happened to walk in as well.
Today we biked along some of the new biking paths in the uiterwaarden along the river Ijssel. We got back just before it started to get wet again.
On way my to Wapenveld… but it was off to a bit of a chaotic start. I knew it wouldn’t be smooth as I had to fly through San Francisco: no direct flight. The limo pickup did not go as scheduled. The company kept claiming the car was there but that was clearly not true. Eventually a car arrived but that was a full 15 minutes after it had supposedly arrived. Traffic was horrendous and the driver took every backroad he new to get me to the airport. The airport was a zoo too. Escalators were broken so I had to frantically look for an elevator. Of course that had 100 people in front of it. Luckily the customs went quite quickly ( thanks to TSA special status ) and I made it to the gate with 20 minutes to spare.
Hopefully it is smooth sailing from here and hopefully Mascha turns off the lights in my house. Roos and Alex were still there this morning as Mascha was on her way back from a trip to Vegas. I guess we all need some vacation…
Update 2pm : well it wasn’t smooth sailing. The plane sat on the runway for about an hour in LAX. This cut my layover time from 1:15h down to 15 minutes. That meant a sprint from gate 73 to gate 95 in SFO. I just made it. On my way to Frankfurt…
Roos and Alex got me the "they shall not pass" video game DLC. I was only allowed to play it for about an hour however as they wanted to play their own game on the Wii U. I focused most of the afternoon on completing a module from a course I'm currently following online at Stanford.
For dinner we went to a Colombian restaurant. It is a hole-in-the-wall type restaurant but the food is excellent.
De cola is called Kola and from Colombia as well… so it must be good !