So it’s a brand new year! This is the first year we celebrate New Year together and also my first year crossing into the New Year the Dutch Way in the European Time Zone.
Well, as I’ve mentioned earlier, Dutch way of celebrating New Year is actively trying to bomb the country with lots and lots of fire works! Although I’ve heard alot about it and even seen them on webcam last year, seeing it for real this year makes it an eye opener. I have to say it is one amazing experience! No I did not take any pictures when Jos was busy lighting the fire works with the Cigar he holds in his hand. I was too engrossed and enjoying every bit of it. The whole sky was filled with fire works every seconds. Nicely done you crazy dutchies! 🙂
Every year this time, it is kind of mandatory or a protocol for people to reflect on the past year and set some new year resolutions for themselves. Quite honestly, I have not. I used to make a list of what I need to achieve but I hardly keep to them. So, no I have not been reflecting.
Sub-consciously, I realise today that there seem to be already a resolutions set for us this year. Yes, not just me, it is for US. After speaking to the parents of Jos, they have inspired us to plan a coastal walking holiday in Cornwall this year. Jos have been looking at the maps of the walk. It could be very tough because we will have to carry only our back pack and walk from coast to coast until the end (maybe). Take a look at the map below and you will understand.
Such holiday really means you travel on your feet, do some sight-seeing, smell the air, touch the trees, kick some sand on the beach and continue walking. And when you become tired, you try to find a hotel at any nearest village and take shelter for a day or two and then continue walking to the next village/town.
Such adventure can only be enjoyable if we are both fit and strong. As such, Jos has make plan. We will walk in Netherlands first! So we started walking. We have done some walks around Dordrecht before, was nice and small walks. But when the plan surfaced and my walking shoe was bought, he had planned for a 10km walk in an island in Netherlands called Tiengemeten.
I was told also told we need to take a ferry from Nieuwendijk. That makes me really excited because that means we are going overseas! 😀
The same morning, It was without effort I gotten change (usually I need time to decide what to wear) and putting on my new Timberland walking shoe which was really comfortable!
And we start our adventure to Tiengemeten. The ferry ride was about 10-15mins, completely open air, no cover no seats. We have to try to enjoy the strong cold wind while on board. But because I was quite well prepared, it was fun!
When we started , we already know from the flyer/map provided at the tourist center that we will come across some wild Scottish Highlanders. We were also told that we have to keep 25m away from them as they can be dangerous especially when they have their young with them. These Scottish Highlander were imported from Scotland and put into the wild to upkeep the grounds of these nature walk.
At some point of our path, we saw from a distance that there were some animal heads jugging out from the sides of our path. Our first thought was horse and then we remember it must be the Scottish Highlander. But the path was narrow, and if we walk on, there is no way we can keep 25m away from them! So i suggest: “It must be an ambush! What do we do? They will attack us if we walk on..” Jos laughed and walk on! O.O what the hell? So much for a valuable suggestions right?
So we did walked on, me being very nervous. Finally, I was walking in between a herd of Scottish Highlanders! There was no turning back. I walk really fast withing turning my eyes on them but still managed to quickly snap some pictures before I scram off.
At the end of the first herd, we saw a group of people going really close to the cows and taking pictures. That’s when I relax and started enjoying the muddy walk with the cows next to me. It was an amazing experience! I didn’t think I will come this close to them…
And with that we walk on for another 5km which makes it approximately 10km in total. My legs was weak and wobbly by the end of the walk but I really like it and wouldn’t think twice if I’m invited to take a total of 20km path also. It is nice.
On New Year’s Day, we did yet another walk. This time we did not go overseas. We went to a nature walk in Brabant and it was yet another amazing walk. The first time I see Christmas Tree plantation and at the end of the walk, there was even a Christmas Tree Forest! I told Jos, we will come hand pick our own Christmas Tree next year here! 🙂
Besides the enchanting Christmas Tree, the very nice view during our yet another 10km walk. Now enjoy the pictures:
I didn’t know how beautiful other parts of Netherlands can be but now I know. There are just so many things to see and feel. The best part of it, the weather was good, 10 degree with SUN. Lovely! This is another 10km path walk, although I was tired at the end, I didn’t feel so much pain in my muscles this time. Training Training! 🙂
As I’ve said there is just going to be more walk like these ones, I will update again after this weekend when we take our walk again. I’m not sure where we will go but I’m in for lovely surprise! Thanks Darling! X