Anyone Have Any Brick?

Kolonisten
Saturday afternoon, we headed to Oudewater to finally experience the thrill and frustration of Kolonisten. It’s a game a bit like a mix of Risk and the Sims, as you build up and trade resources and grow your developments and build streets. The title of this post refers to one of the materials you need to build roads and cities. It’s the one material I was always short of the first round. My kingdom for a brick! If you haven’t annoyed your competitors too much with the Robber, you can always try to trade materials with each other. The game is a lot of fun and there’s a lot of strategy involved, as well. It’s also an excellent game to play with friends while nibbling on lots of different cheeses and meats and breads and dips, as were so generously provided by our hosts. We had a wonderful evening of good friends, good fun and good food. If you play board games, I highly recommend this one.

Rather than worry about driving to Oudewater, we decided to take the bus this time. We managed without any real difficulty, other than a bit of confusion over whether we’d properly checked in and out with the OV-chipkart getting on and off the buses. It was charming to see how friendly and cheerful the passengers were with the bus driver, chatting and saying goodbye and thanks as they got off. I guess if you ride the same bus regularly, you start to recognize your driver. Taking the bus also meant we got to walk through a bit more of Oudewater and enjoy a beautiful dusk. The sky at 10 at night was washed with a beautiful mix of pinks, blues and purples.
Oudewater
And this was the view at the bus stop. Not bad!
Bus Stop View