Since the end of February (I think), I have been walking almost every Saturday now. Except 4 when I couldn’t or I really wanted to take a break.
Training for something takes in a lot of time, I realise that now. But I have seen so much of North Holland! The most beautiful country side already about 20 minutes from my house!
I have seen awesome proper Dutch little villages which amaze me every time, even though I have walked through similar ones approx. 10 times before.
I have seen houses build somewhere around the 1600 and still standing. As I kept walking I always thought about what if walls could talk. What immense history the Netherlands has to show. It is seriously amazing.
Tiny villages, where one house is more beautiful than the next, old , authentic. We have little villages too in Austria, obviously. But it’s different, mainly because houses in Austria are always big chunks, old but big.
And seeing people, seriously working in their garden in wooden shoes, made me smile every time. It still exists, although I can’t even comprehend how someone can even walk in those. I immediately felt pain.
Somewhere where I didn’t expect it there are World War 2 monuments. I have to say, in the Netherlands there are a lot of them. When you walk through the country and you see a propeller of an old fighter airplane or a bunker, it makes you think. Think back on what happened back in time. Right then.
People are friendly as well. I love it that when I walk and a car or a tractor passes they actually wave or sign at me, just to say hello. It always made me feel like I was back home in Austria. But different, there people knew me. So obviously they would greet me out of the car. But here on certain routes, everyone passing by would just wave at me, sometimes even out of an house or whilst they were sitting in their garden. Just a brief “hello!”.
On our walk yesterday, Carolien really needed to use the bathroom, with not a single cafe insight, we finally had to approach a house. From the outside it was really old, beautifully built with old stones. The woman of the house came outside and Caro only had to say : “I really need to …” And the woman just waved and asked her to follow her inside. How nice is that? As we walked inside, my mouth literally just dropped open. What was an old building on the outside was so stunning and beautiful on the inside. Wooden beams, modern, awesome windows…WOW! The house was from 1630, and they just finished renovating. They decided to keep the frame as it was as they also felt it was so beautiful. We had a brief chat ,she wished me good luck with my walk and off we went.
Or when we got lost and asked for directions and the woman asked if we did have enough water or needed something on the way.
I have seen a lot of beautiful things over the past months, awesome people, buildings, sights and nature. I am well happy that I decided to walk in August. Because I really feel , I have gotten to know the Netherlands even better and from a different point of view. There is life outside of Amsterdam, people are so friendly, another kind of friendliness. 20 minutes from Amsterdam and sometimes I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere, what an awesome feeling.
Often when I was walking I was smiling and thinking to myself: Wow, this is my home now. Check out the beautiful country I have come to live in. The past months made me fall in love with the Netherlands even more.
PS: You can see all my pictures of my previous walks here