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Sneeuw!

05 Dec

Yesterday, for the third time this week, it snowed. Being a metric system country, the Dutch measure snow in cm instead of inches as I’m used to. Earlier this week, we got 3 cm, which is about 1.1 inches, and yesterday we got 5 cm more.

In St. Louis, when it snows more than half an inch, everything shuts down (or so it seems). People don’t go into work, they only go to grocery stores to get basics, and life generally pauses. Not so here in Amsterdam. People continued to bike through the quickly-falling snow (though some folks did give up and just push their bikes). Roxy and I decided a full day sitting in the apartment was not appealing, so we hopped on the tram and went to Albert Cuyp, since she needed to buy some yarn for a few scarves she’s knitting.

The road, and harbor on the IJ, in front of our apartment after the snow.

The market was as busy as ever, with only a few stalls closed due to the weather. The rumor is that Albert Cuyp is the largest day-time market in all of Europe, and I believe it. As has become our custom after shopping in the cold, we went into a cafe for a hot chocolate (me) and a Carmel Mocha (Roxy).

The Albert Cuypmarkt in the snow.

From there, we took the tram north a stop or two into the Centrum, and got off at the Herengracht. It was as pretty as a postcard, but the canals almost always are. We walked up the street and ended up at the Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market). From there, we did some shopping, and walked down to Dam Square.

Herengracht

I'm glad I don't park my bicycle outside!

From Dam Square we took our normal route down the shopping streets, before making a quick detour into De Jordaan neighborhood, and then heading back home via bus from Centraal Station. We had nothing to eat at home, so we ordered some takeout from a little Italian Place up the street from us (Pizzeria Vendijk), and we walked Churchill up to get it.

You're G*D D*mn right it is.

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3 Comments

Posted by on December 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

3 responses to “Sneeuw!

  1. Jenny

    December 6, 2010 at 01:34

    We were there last December during the sneeuw! It was beautiful – and the Dutch hot chocolate is delicious. If you haven’t yet experience New Year’s Eve in Holland, brace yourselves. It will be something to remember the rest of your lives.
    ~A California Girl~

     
  2. Invader_Stu

    December 6, 2010 at 11:17

    I was up in the north of Holland this weekend and there was a lot of snow up there as well. Not as much as last year yet though.

     
  3. thedewaddict

    December 6, 2010 at 12:16

    See, before moving here, I was lead to believe this area didn’t get much snow. A cm here, a cm there, and that was it. Then, last week happened. It was barely December! I guess it’s going to be a long winter…

     

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