Spring Has Sprung

I love Spring.  It’s my favorite season.  When the days get longer I sigh a big sigh of relief.  When the plants come alive again, I come alive.  Spring in NL means really changeable weather.  Yesterday morning biking to work it was foggy and misty and cold again.  After work yesterday I walked through Amsterdam city center with my coat off.  Biking home last night the SMELL of Spring hits me and (when I stop sneezing) I just love that earthy damp flower blooming smell.  If I were a dog I’d lay down and roll in it.

As it’s Easter weekend, Amsterdam is PACKED with tourists.  This weekend always seems to be the opening of the tourist season, as if gates were opened somewhere.  I walked down Warmoesstraat and Kalverstraat and could hardly make my way through the crowds of Americans and French and Spanish.  On the Warmoesstraat they are slowly walking out of Coffee Shops, not really knowing where they are and not watching out for bikes.  On the Kalverstraat they are walking slowly, looking in the shop windows, the Americans gawking at the high prices.  Here are a couple of photos:

DB and I both have Friday and Monday off work.  We don’t have any big plans.  Mostly just recovering from the week and enjoying our new heater. 🙂  The tile guy, who was sick for 3 days, is working here both Friday AND Saturday to catch up.  I think he must have another job to go to next week.  We might have a finished bathroom by the middle of next week!

Since we have 4 glorious days off, I plan to do some running and also some knitting.  I WILL finish my Sunrise Circle Jacket this weekend so stayed tuned for photos of that.  Work continues on the Spina socks, although slowly.  We might even get to the beach this weekend.  The weather is supposed to be great.  Get out there and enjoy it!

One thought on “Spring Has Sprung

  1. Andy Baker April 10, 2009 / 08:50

    It’s ridiculous, but I’m really relieved to hear that your tile guy will be working Friday and Saturday. With the way people are here about their time off, you never know. Living in Amsterdam reminds me of a book I read years ago (“Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?”) in which the narrator talks about living in a tourist town. It definitely has its ups and downs.

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