Friday, January 26, 2007

Snow, At last!!!

Finally, one of the things I wanted to see in life became reality. It started snowing here!!!

We had been having intermittent cold "spells", with rain and very cold winds, but not snow. People here are saying that the winters are getting delayed year on year. Whether this is a sign of climate change is difficult to say, but hey, I have no complaints now.

It is fun to be in snow, its not so slippery as ice and you can have fun. For those of you who are wondering about the difference between rain, sleet, snow and various avatars that water can take, you can go here. We have a few photos that need to be transferred to the computer. Will keep you updated.

Now I realize how the world can be in back and white, no shades of grey. For those of you who can relate, enjoy!!!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Trip to Amsterdam - Part II

There has been quite some delay in updating my readers on my trip to Amsterdam , for which I do apologize.

The next morning, we took the mandatory-in-Amsterdam boat trip through the canals. While it was ok, considering that our guide spoke English (and was indeed very witty), it would have been better if we had been allowed to zip through in a speedboat.

Alas, just to prevent my sort of people from disturbing the peace of the city, Amsterdam city administrators limit the speed allowed in a boat to barely a crawl.

Of course, we could have rented a pedal boat, but with just two of us, we would have ended up with legs that would know only to pedal!

After the morning trip, we sauntered for a while on the city main road, eventually had a pathetic lunch (french fries and a coke), and then spent some taking photos.
Then we met a colleague who was working there and then walked along the city roads till dark. Finally, we had an early dinner at an Indian Restaurant (again bad service) and then went to bed.

Morning, we took the train and reached home sweet home in the late afternoon. overall, a wonderful trip, marred only by the fact that we were there in winter. Summer, I am told, is the time for a visit. Roadside cafes, with tables on the road, tulip gardens (a speciality of Amsterdam's neighbourhoods, I am told) and wonderful other places nearby (Delft springs to mind).

More photos are available on my Flickr photostream (link on the left panel of this blog), but for lazy readers, here are a few.

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