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Published: June 21st 2007
Ah the camera has made a comeback. Welcome back I said.
I'm still not up to a heck of a lot. I ran the half-marathon in Leeuwarden the other week where I finished third so was OK for a bit. However upon receiving my prize they called my name out as Kees Kuiper (or something). I mean, I'm in the Netherlands- I don't have to spell my name out or correct people a billion times a day- so I expect a bit bit better from the Leeuwarden marathon. But on the otherhand, Kuiper does sound pretty good.
Now I'm in the middle of the Netherlands somewhere, staying with other relatives, so I'm getting closer to Amsterdam etc.
Yesterday I cycled from one city to another, it was around 80ks, via all sorts of little towns and through the forest, along canals, through some small far-right Christian communities- the northern outskirts of the infamous Dutch 'Blackbelt' (which was obviously the highlight) and saw all sorts of things on the way. In the process I rode through three different provinces- which shows just how small the Netherlands actually is. My back brake cable snapped just as I left Drachten
Drachten's blue street
They're building a waterway here right into the city centre. With the blue, they're trying to 'prepare' people. Piant Costs: 60,000Euro. Money well spent I say.
but that was OK, didn't need it anyway.
I've included plenty of snaps from my little excursion but sorry I failed to come across any tulip farms, windmills or high intensive industrial clog factories. Also check my previous blog for photos from Friesland. :-)
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