Our time with our friends flew by with an evening of 'Suppen' (Stand Up Paddleboard) on the 'Spiegelplas', a visit to Amsterdam and a day at the soccer field of V.V. Nederhorst.
The Spiegelplas is just down the street from where our friends live and after blowing up the 'SUPs' Lief and Judy's daughter Kiki took off on the lake. Judy, Gerrit Jan and I opted for a refreshing swim in the lake after a warm day on the bike to Hilversum and back.
The next day Lief and the two Kiki's went for the afternoon to Amsterdam. First a 40 minute bike ride along the Vecht river from Nederhorst to the train station in Weesp. Like most train stations in Holland, there are multiple racks to store bikes. Here the bike racks have two levels... I'm not sure how people get the heavy bikes on top... we opted for street level.
A 20 minute train ride took us to Amsterdam Central Station, from which we walked along the Damrak to Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum where (Small) Kiki and Lief spent the afternoon. Big Kiki continued along the Nes, the Reguliersdwarsstraat en the Rembrandtplein to the Weteringschans to visit an art supply store to pick up Khadi handmade papers.
To Lief's delight we got to spend a day at the soccer field of the local soccer club, where Eva and Kiki played multiple games in the Youth Soccer Tournament. Ted - Judy's son - was linesman for his sisters game. Judy's husband Gerrit-Jan is the 'voorzitter' (president) of the club. And both Eva, Kiki and Ted are the captains of their teams... So this is an involved soccer family!
Both Lief and I were impressed with the amount of kids playing soccer, and that there are both girls and boys soccer teams, multiple soccer fields and quite the covered seating area for the main field...
Lief is getting a bit nervous, as next weekend he gets to join Ted's team for the adult soccer tournament... More to come on that later.
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