• Enjoying a hot choco!
  • Father is having gluhwein.
  • Geese flying in little v-formation to the west

Father and son having a heart-warming "Koek & Zopie" break

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In winter, Amsterdammers watch the falling thermometer readings with the same focus as people in Aspen and Chamonix. When the temperature drops low enough for long enough, the lakes and the canals become sparkling highways for the skaters. Little kiosks are set up on the ice to dispense heart-warming liqueurs. I really love this part of our culture. Almost everyone, young or old, likes to skate and is smiling and friendly. We already have one week of ice and wednesday 8 Februari I took a day off to skate on natural ice. According to Richard van Ammerzoden, a skater from Rotterdam, skating in Holland originated as a poor man's sport. Isolated by mud and water in the damp winters, rural farmers prayed for ice. When it came, just like Hans Brinker, they strapped on their wooden skates with leather thongs, and traveled great distances to visit friends and relatives they hadn't seen in months. Then they skated home. Perhaps that explains the origin of the Elfstedentocht or "Eleven Cities Tour", a 200-kilometer mega-tour in the province of Friesland known as "the mother of all skating tours." In the 1890s, some Frisian farmer with well-developed leg muscles tried to skate through all eleven cities of Friesland in a single day. He succeeded, and the rest is history.

Photo taken in Holysloot at the Holysloter Die nearby Amsterdam. Father and son skating from pittoreske village to pittoreske village having a skate-break at "Koek en Zopie". A little kiosk which is set up on the ice to dispense heart-warming liqueurs and warm soup. I really love this part of our culture. Almost everyone, young or old, likes to skate and is smiling and friendly. Dutch skaters enjoying the natural ice. Today I enjoy the natural ice too. I did skate a tour from Amsterdam - Zunderdorp - Ransdorp - Holysloot - Uitdam - Zuiderwoude - Monnickendam - Broek in Waterland -Zunderdorp and back to Amsterdam - about 40km. This photo I took on my way home to Ransdorp.

Eindelijk weer een hele week waarin Waterlanders de ijzers konden onderbinden. Ideale condities want de het meeste sneeuw is netjes weggeschoven. Overal is het ijs dik genoeg meer dan 20cm en het heeft maar liefst -20 graden Celcius gevroren de afgelopen week. De bomen en weilanden zijn wit, de sloten bevroren en de adem komt in kleine grijze pufjes uit mijn mond. Handen op de rug. Rustig ademen. Ik geniet van het geluid van de ijzers over het ijs en het prachtige uitzicht over de besneeuwde weilanden. Vandaag op 8 februari 2012 een lange schaatstocht gemaakt van Amsterdam - Zunderdorp - Ransdorp - Holysloot - Uitdam - Zuiderwoude - Monnickendam - Broek in Waterland -Zunderdorp en terug naar Amsterdam - ongeveer 40km. Jong en oud staan hier op het ijs. Het is min zeven, het is onbewolkt. Koek en zopie is present in de pittoreske dorpjes. Wat betekend nu eigenlijk zopie. zopie komt van soope en betekend borreltje. Er werd namelijk vroeger op het ijs nogal alcohol gebruikt. Tegenwoordig betekend koek en zopie: warme chocomel, koek, gluhwein, erwtensoep en een borreltje. Vader en zoon rusten even uit tijdens hun toertocht langs de leuke dorpjes van Waterland. De warme chocolademelk smaakte mij heerlijk met een beetje rum erbij. Ik ben blij dat ik vandaag geweest ben, het was fantastisch. Een winter tafereel die stamt uit dezelfde vervlogen eeuw als waarin de Amsterdammer Hendrick Avercamp begon met het schilderen van zijn vermaarde winterse schaatstaferelen. Wie even wegdenkt kan zich vandaag in Avercamps wereld wanen.

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  1. Dmitry Chastikov 37 months ago | reply

    Fantastic! Can't imagine this over here!

  2. Michel_Derksen 37 months ago | reply

    Machtig moment!

  3. Licco Fernandes 37 months ago | reply


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  5. neurodoc2010 37 months ago | reply


    I saw this in the 50+ Faves group and Faved it.

  6. Marinyu.. 37 months ago | reply

    Hard the winter, but gives many joys .

  7. STEHOUWER AND RECIO 37 months ago | reply

    Gezellig bij de warmte, goed gezien!

  8. maximfr 37 months ago | reply

    I like the mood and the framing. Well seen.

  9. travelintime1984 37 months ago | reply

    What are they sitting on?

  10. Seapony 37 months ago | reply

    Perfecte sfeer... !

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