The National Obsession

The cold continues and some people around here are really happy about it.  The National Obsession of ice skating has fully taken over the news and discussions at work.  Today was the first time in 12 years that the ice skating marathon was held on natural ice.  Details here.  People are really hoping that the Elfstedentocht can be held this year.  Andy has a nice, American, description and view on it here.  If you want more views from a foreigner on Amsterdam and Dutch life, be sure to read Andy’s blog.  I generally agree with every darn thing he has to say.  If you want just some newsy bullet points in English, check out Radio Netherlands.  

My bike this morning looked like it had been sprayed with that fake snow from a can.  The gears were frozen solid again.  It made creaking noises.  A piece of the plastic spoke protector snapped off.  Sigh.

I don’t own any ice skates.  Unlike some colleagues, I haven’t taken time off from work to go skating.  I kind of wish it was my national obsession too.  I want to be swept up in the hysteria and head east where it’s even colder and more frozen.  At least then I’d get the most out of the cold, instead of just numb hands and feet!

2 thoughts on “The National Obsession

  1. hannah January 9, 2009 / 20:28

    Not all of us are skaters. I have tried it several times but I just don’t like it. My children do (see my blog) love to skate though. But I love the frost all the same. Perfect weather for making nice pictures for example.

  2. Andy Baker January 12, 2009 / 08:42

    I totally hear you with the national obsession thing and wishing I could get swept up. I’m not, but it’s really nice to see as I ride to work. Thanks for the shout out.

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