Slowly but surely a heavy snow front moved over the Netherlands last Friday. Given that our national railway company has shown to be ill-prepared for anything wet, whether liquid or solid, I left the office (about 55 km south of Amsterdam) early, around 3pm. Unsurprisingly, trains were out of order indefinitely.
I took a shot at taking a bus. As that schedule was shaky too, I used the winter scenes as a way to calm down :).
I'll spare you the details, but I got home over 5 hours later. Yes, completely knackered, fed up & generally frustrated at the complete melt-down of our public transportation network.
So I popped a beer, took it easy and occasionally looked out the window, appreciating the fact that I actually made it back home.
I woke up to an even whiter wonder world. That called for a ride & pictures. Not exactly a comfortable one, because again the city ordinance neglected to do the right thing & clear the roads, even the most traveled ones. And this weekend it's certainly worse than last one, lots of ice, sleet and piled up crap that creates unnecessary havoc & risky situations. Of course, Amsterdammers/the Dutch are pretty pragmatic, you'll still see 'm out there on two wheels, but not as much as usual. With trams and buses not exactly running on time, there are only two options left: on foot or by car. Guess what, people will not walk 2-7 km for their daily errands.
Anyway, I think I managed to capture the essence of the aforementioned. Regarding the mood of this post & to be absolutely clear: this city's beauty quickly melted away all my built-up frustrations. Some would say: nothing a bike ride can't fix.
I fell on my butt twice this weekend. Both on foot. Just sayin'. :)
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