January 12th, 2014

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Sunday January 12th. Haarlem

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

It took 2 hours and 15 minutes flying and 1 hour by car to retrace my 7 weeks’ journey from Amsterdam to the Baleares. I am staying with my cousin Gido and his wife Riet in Heemstede, near Haarlem. Next Saturday I start house sitting  a home of friends in Haarlem right on the northern border of Heemstede. I will stay there till the end of March when I return to the Pacific Northwest, except for an 11/12 day stay In Eck en Wiel from January 23rd.

I have to get used to the colder temperatures. It froze during the night. It is clear and sunny and it was a fine cold bike ride to the Saint Bavo cathedral in Haarlem this morning, for the 10 a.m. high mass. Today’s gospel was the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist.

It is supposed to get colder later in the week. May I’ll get lucky and get to ice skate in Holland for the first time since 1957.