Anyone Have Any Brick?

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.
And this was the view at the bus stop. Not bad!
Bus Stop View

Celebrating the Sunset

On the Way to Oudewater
Friday night we went to Oudewater for a delicious dinner with friends. On the way there, I couldn’t help but notice the sunset. I don’t get to see much of one nowadays, because of the buildings surrounding us, so I really enjoyed seeing this beautiful mix of clouds and glowing sun. It also made me think of this blog post by Aledys Ver, with the lovely idea of viewing a sunset as a performance: cheering when it’s good and demanding your money back when it’s bad. I think this one definitely deserved a cheer.
Burning Through

Foto Vrijdag 2.19

Along the Canal
We went to Oudewater last weekend to visit friends and take my parents on a little tour of the city. Unfortunately, it was overcast, but it was still nice to see some of the old architecture. Many of the buildings are registered historic sites. One of the things I love is how so many of the buildings lean one way or another. It’s like something out of a fairy tale.

Today we’re finally off to the Keukenhof, weather be damned. I’m sure I’ll have a ton of flower shots soon.


As I mentioned on Friday, we went that evening to our friends in Oudewater to finally experience the Dutch tradition of gourmetten. This indoor electric grill is such a fun way to cook a lot of types of food and great for entertaining, since you all sit together and cook your own food. M and R set up a fantastic spread for us that night, as you can see. If you click on the picture, it should take you to the Flickr page, where you´ll be able to see the notes listing each food item. To give you the short version, we had a selection of beef, pork and chicken, some plain and some marinated, along with mini burgers, mini slavink, and a lovely variety of vegetables, and some beaten egg to make our own omlettes in the little triangular trays you see there. On top of it all, we had a huge bowl of bread and a variety of sauces. It really was both tasty and fun. I can´t wait to get my own gourmetten now!

This was the table after we´d eaten. A few bits and pieces left, but not too much. I didn´t get any cooking shots, because to be honest, I was too busy eating and enjoying myself and the camera was out of reach.

While we were there, we also got to meet their new kitten, Miles! She´s so soft and adorable, although still a bit skittish. However, she was also a bit curious, eventually.

And finally, it wouldn´t be right to leave out their other cat, Bob. Such a sweetie!