2005 A Year of New Experiences & Adventures!
Leon’s brother Yvo came over from Holland to join in our Canadian Christmas celebrations
Over in Holland, Leon and Yvo begin their own graphic design company. This is a scene they created.
AFTER! Tony Joe
While one of Leon’s friends (Lianne) is in the USA, her cute little apartment in Utrecht becomes our first home in Holland. Lianne and Leon
Cate wasted no time in acquiring a bike- the national form of transportation in the Netherlands. This is a folding bike, that can be folded quite small, and therefore can be taken on the train for free!
In July we moved to Leon’s Uncle Hans’ house for 2.5 weeks. While they were on vacation, his family asked us to take care of their home and their pets: Tjecka (the huge, but loveable Bernese Mtn. dog), Spikey (the independent, yet sooky cat, who also liked to join in on dog walks), 5 fish and 2 rats. Spikey pretending to not be joining in on the walk Big, slobbery dog kiss
Leon joined friends on a trip to Germany to see Mother Meera- a woman who is worshipped as an incarnation of the Divine Mother around the world and who gives blessings to those who come to her. Friend Michael Cousin David
The doors were always open for us at Roland Holstlaan #772. We’ve spent quite a bit of time here over the past 6 months- sometimes with Donate and/or Paul, and sometimes with the place to ourselves. The balcony
During our summer in Delft, we did quite a bit of shopkeeping in Paul’s shop “Lan Ting”. Here we are at an antique market in Delft with some of his items.
Meanwhile, a monumental move was happening back in Kingsburg. Can’t wait to see it!
VACATION TIME!! In mid-Aug. we took a 9 day trip with our bikes and backpacks. Beer’s Eco Camping The Hobistee Alkmaar Enkhuisen Here’s a map with some of our key stops in green Hilversum Train ---- Ferry ---- Bus ---- Bike ----
Tent Sleeping pads Did we ever look funny with our tiny bikes and huge backpacks !! Makeshift cooler Leon’s cousin David’s son Divine
Leon’s cousin David and his son Divine zzzzzz Those are some pretty big shoes to fill! Cycling in Alkmaar
Learning to make bami goreng with Leon’s uncle Bobbie (the most famous bami chef in the family)
Here we are in Enkhuisen, about to have some fish for lunch. This quaint town reminded me a lot of Lunenburg Sailing on Holland’s network of lakes and canals is a popular Dutch activity
A cold and blustery ferry trip across the Ijsselmeer. We were the only ones brave (or crazy) enough to stay on deck for the entire 2 hour crossing!
Our first camping stop was at an “agro-eco camping” in Beers. It was a sleepy little organic milk farm. We had a nice place to pitch our tent in an old orchard.
The owner, this very friendly older man, was very kind to offer us a ride across the canal in his boat to reduce our biking distance. We had to smile when we saw the “Camping” sign with the missing (but later added) “P”.
Flat horizon… smooth trails… into the wind no matter which direction we travelled… Absolutely exhausted, we take a break on the roadside. Minutes later we were saved by a bus which took us to the ferry at Lawersoog. We would never have made that ferry (the last of the day), if it weren’t for that bus! Spectacular, big skies
The island of Schiermonnikoog (National Park) White sand beach Vegetated dunes Seedune Campground Pine forest Mudflats Town Farmland Seedune Campground
A WWII bunker offers a nice view of the island We ate well throughout our journey- here we’re having fajitas A nasty cold hit Cate on Day 2
Lifeguard house & cafe The beach was the largest either of us had ever been to (and we think that’s saying a lot!). It was 300-400m wide in many places!
That same lifeguard house & cafe The clouds came and went, but for most of our vacation they hung around (we had rain everyday, and it was unseasonably cold). That didn’t stop us from enjoying this beautiful place!!
Endless trails to explore along the beach, over the dunes and through the woods
The little town of Schiermonnikoog It’s a car-free islands, so bicycles rule! This is the local grocery store