Even being mauled by a wild animal was…familiar.
Back in Western Europe, the Low Countries, my second home. It felt good to be back, a little bizarre, and bizarrely familiar. Dutch felt like a familiar game, more familiar to me than baseball now, with more players and matches everywhere.
(By the way, if anyone thinks of a good synonym for “familiar”, let me know.)
I was back in the land with the world’s best public transportation, stunning cultural density, and a dismal grasp of breakfast. My first morning I found a place with bagels, which were nearly unheard of over here a few years ago but are gaining traction quickly. I sat and watched the two-wheeled commuter traffic, feeling the flow of the universe.
After switching to the proper hotel I was considering the trek back across Amsterdam, but found a nice little cafe that served warm but delicious coffee, good brown bread, and K’s essential: fruit salad with yogurt and granola.
There was one other selling point. His name was Sam, he was always precocious, sometimes welcoming, and absolutely insane. K and I ended up coming back here every morning, and Sam was happy to see us…
recognizable, at one with my soul, comfortable, known, home-like…
The picture of the ice in the shadow of the bike is awe-some. I would like to have that on the Feb. calendar. Say, you should make a calendar of your photos, and have us, your loyal readers, vote on our favorites. I would pay money for one of those calendars, you bet your sweet bippy I would.
Yeah? I like that idea very much. The calendars, not the money. And don’t encourage me on bike photos, I have swarms of those pictures. Maybe make a post of just those someday… Or take a bike trip and make some new ones…