Backpedaling

Pim de Koel, Saturday, May 11, 2013 , 10 Views

Backpedaling

With soft rolling hills, the flatness of Holland makes it ideal for the recreational biker – but in Amsterdam, biking isn't just a hobby...it's a way of life. Our city was built for bikes! We Dutch don't just bike for exercise - we bike to get where we want to go; to see our city more clearly and to keep the air we breathe fresh and crisp. But mostly, we bike because it's fun!

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With soft rolling hills, the flatness of Holland makes it ideal for the recreational biker – but in Amsterdam, biking isn't just a hobby...it's a way of life.  Our city was built for bikes!

We Dutch don't just bike for exercise - we bike to get where we want to go; to see our city more clearly and to keep the air we breathe fresh and crisp.  But mostly, we bike because it's fun!

This morning, on my way home from the market, I cycled my way into a group of sightseers on a bike tour of Amsterdam.  I've always found it refreshing to take in the city on a leisurely ride, but it's rejuvenating to see the eyes of visitors opened to our wonders beyond just windmills. 

Only one boy seemed to notice my intrusion, but with a wink, I touched my nose and he smiled. Our secret.

Backpadeling

I joined them through Dam Square and passed several canal houses, listening to stories of how taxes shaped the now famous architecture of Dutch homes and how, exactly, a floating flower market works. As my American companions and I began approaching my neighborhood, we paused at an intersection, the woman next to me quipped, "I don't think I've biked this much in my entire life! I bet if I lived here, I wouldn't have to worry so much about enjoying dessert!" 

As we waited for the light to change, I sifted through my grocery bag.

"Alstublieft!" I said, producing a box of hagelslag and handing it to the woman. "Welcome to Amsterdam!"

I pedaled my fixie in reverse, backing over a canal bridge, towards my road. "Enjoy your breakfast!

Keukenhof

The best place to see tulips in Holland is Keukenhof. Keukenhof is a park with 7 million flower bulbs surrounded by tulip fields.

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