Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Monday, May 18, 2009

Please don't forget me while I am gone.

This past week has been so busy trying to get all "my ducks in a row" ready to leave for Amsterdam on Wednesday. We will arrive in Amsterdam too early in the morning to check into The Golden Tulip, our hotel, so we will leave our luggage in their holding area, then go and look around until check in time. MrC and I will be spending the first day and night here before getting a ride to Winterswijk, where MrC. will be shooting in the European steel Challenge.

We will be staying in another in the chain of Golden Tulips in Winterswijk. Looks nice doesn't it?
The indoor range is within walking distance of the hotel, which will be very convenient for us. As MrC. is shooting his match on Saturday, so we will stroll to the range on Friday to check out all the proceedings, and of course do a little sight seeing there and back.
I am also a competitive pistol shooter, but am leaving this event to "the big boys" Quite frankly this event is way more pressure than I want to deal with, instead I
just want to be a tourist, and enjoy taking many, many pictures, especially of the gardens.

I have been doing some Internet research on places to eat which will not strain our meager budget. I have found a chain of vending machines for food, and will NOT be using those YUK! I hate vending machine food. I think our best bet is to buy our food at one of the local outdoor markets or supermarkets, and perhaps eat at a nice restaurant now and again, if it is not too expensive.
If anyone has been to Holland and has some good information, please let me know. You will find my email address on the sidebar.

Our excitement rate is up another notch or two, now it is almost time to leave on this adventure of a lifetime.I am going to miss reading Blotanical. Hmmmm! perhaps I am kidding myself, I think I am going to be too busy to miss anything from home while we are gone.


Becca's Dirt said...

We'll miss you. Hope you have a fabulous time. Becca

Kanak Hagjer said...

Have a wonderful trip!

Frances said...

Hi Keewee, oh what a delightful name for hotels! I was going to suggest you contact Yolanda Elizabet of Bliss except I think she has already gone on vacation too. She lives in The Netherlands. Maybe someone will answer your call to food ideas. Buying at the market sounds like an excellent way to well eat for less. Have a great trip and take lots of photos!

Peggy said...

Hi Keewee, I have been too busy lately to do much on the computer, I am glad I got back in time to wish you Bon Voyage!

Balisha said...

Have a wonderful time on your trip. You will be missed. Balisha

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Have a wonderful time ... ~ bangchik

Gail said...

My dear we would never forget you! Have a wonderful trip and enjoy yourself! Take lots of photos to share with us! gail

Randy Emmitt said...


Have a wonderful time! We all wish we could join you.

Helen said...

Perfect hotel for a gardener. Have a lovely time.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

How exciting! Amsterdam was one of my favorite places that we saw in Europe. We went MANY years ago and on a very low budget (backpackers) so I wouldn't be able to recommend food places. I'm sure you'll find lots of great places.
Can't wait to see your pictures.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip! I hope you'll be able to take a lot of pictures to share with us when you return!

Anonymous said...

Yes, we'll miss you Jennifer. You've always got the nicest things to say. I hope you'll give us all the lowdown when you get back.

Kim and Victoria said...

Michelle at
is in Holland now and blogging about it. I'm sure she would answer any questions you have.
Have a wonderful trip!!!

lynn'sgarden said...

Safe voyage, Keewee, and take loads of pictures to share!