We went out today to do some last minute shopping, which meant wandering from one side of town to the other. And when I say wandering, I mean slowly, carefully creeping through the slippery mush and across the hard-packed and equally slippery snow that covers the majority of the city’s sidewalks. It’s like walking on really soft sand, but more dangerous, not to mention cold! We were out for close to four hours, but I’m pretty sure we could have been done almost half the time if we could have walked at a normal pace. If you look at the photo, you can see that the streets are clear — which is funny since there’s not really much traffic in the city center — but the sidewalks are still quite white. There’s a bit of a slushy area where the bikes make their way through, although even today I didn’t see as many bikes as usual. Or perhaps I was just too busy looking down to keep my footing to notice the bikes!
I admit I had my moments of missing the sue-happy U.S., where sidewalks and shopping centers are usually quick to clear any and all walkways. But then I remembered that we haven’t cleared the sidewalk in front of our house, either, so I guess I can’t complain! We seem to have made it home just in time. It has started snowing again!
Merian stopped by for a while yesterday afternoon and was saying that this amount of snow really is unusual for here. She was having a hard time remember the last time they had this much snow. We may well end up with a white Christmas. On the other hand, we may not have G’s mother here. She was supposed to fly in last night, but her flight was cancelled. She’s booked onto another flight for tomorrow night, but the way the weather has been, you never know. Hopefully, there will be some window of opportunity between now and Friday! I don’t think we’re supposed to get much snow before tomorrow, so hopefully they’ll be able to keep Schipol clear and somewhat on schedule.