Random Sunday Observations

Shady Oasis
Why is ok for street sweeper machines to be out working at 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning, but god forbid a normal store be open?

Pippo and I took a little walk before breakfast this morning and wandered through Janskerkhof. Despite the torrential downpours we’ve had in the past 24 hours, the scent of yesterday’s flower market still hung heavy in the air.

The rain looks like it’s on its way back any minute now. We got the walk in just in time. Today is Culturele Zondag (Ga Groen!), but I’m not sure the weather will encourage me to leave the house again. Baking, on the other hand, seems like the perfect rainy-day activity. I think I’ll make a small batch of muffins with a little bit of chocolate and the handful of strawberries I have left.

IHoP, Dutch Style

How come we can get junk mail fliers from Kruidvat on a Sunday morning, but the grocery stores can’t open on a Sunday?

We weren’t in the mood to go grocery shopping yesterday, so that means we’re going out for dinner tonight. If all goes as planned, we’re finally going to the pancake restaurant (pannenkoekenrestaurant) on the Oude Gracht!  Talk about an International House of Pancakes! They have Mexican, Norwegian, Hungarian, Egyptian and even Masai types of pancakes, among many others. They boast that they have more than 80 varieties of pancakes. Oh, the decision!