I have been working really hard for the last 9 months, so it was time for a bit of a holiday earlier this month. Of course, I went backpacking!
First stop was Holland, and Amsterdam actually. I had emailed some Dutch friends to see who could meet up for a drink, and Seline, a girl I had met in Cape Town, South Africa said she would be around all week!!
We had a great time, exploring Amsterdam, Den Haag, and Rotterdam, in her fast, little Citroen. I was staying at a hostel, and shared a dorm room with 5 German guys, who enjoyed coming in around 3 am., and then turning on all the lights to laugh and taken drunken photos of each other!
Seline, really knew Holland, and she is such a sweet person. We renewed our friendship easily and enjoyed each other's company.
In Den Haag, we met Esther, my Dutch friend who lives in England. Esther was in the country for her niece's birthday, and so we met for pancakes at the beach in Kijduin beach. Great fun, and her little daughter, and mom were also there. We ate, exchanged stories and walked on the promenade so that the baby could play a little.
Seline and I later toured The Hague and Rotterdam, with Seline handling my chair like an expert. It was a real treat for me, as usually I am wheeling around on my own.
Afterwards, I headed to England to meet up with Esther and Luke in Hampshire. It was Luke's birthday that night and later on the weekend, we enjoyed a visit to Farnham, so the munchkin could visit the playground and we could enjoy a nice brunch!
I had a short visit in both countries, but it was so great to meet up with good friends I have met while travelling!!