We arrived at Schipol Airport on Saturday. The passport control officer asked me only one question: “Why are you here?” I thought “Wow. The Dutch ask the big questions. I’m still trying to answer that one.” But I quickly realized she wanted to know the purpose of my visit. I replied “Vacation.” She stamped my passport and wished me a pleasant stay.
We had planned to cycle the 60km to The Hague, but the wind was blowing at 50kmph from the southwest, the landing was exciting, the plane shook while sitting at the jetway, and it probably would have taken six hours to get there. We were grateful for a ride from our friends Cora and Gerard.
Sunday we came by train to Deventer to see family. The weather is warm and sunny. Tuesday we’ll head back to The Hague and Wednesday we’ll start cycling.