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The Dutch are getting their skates on as temperatures dip to their lowest in 27 years. While much of Europe has been forced indoors by a fierce cold snap, the Dutch have been elevated to a state of euphoria as skating fever grips the nation. Frozen canals, rivers and lakes have transformed the Netherlands into one enormous ice-rink. Sports shops have sold out of skates, bike suppliers are swapping their cycles for sledges and all over the country people are having their blades sharpened ready to take advantage of the ice generated by exceptionally cold winter. The Dutch have been skating for centuries. It's in our genes. Every year when frost comes, there's something indescribable released inside. As soon as there is ice, everyone is the same, everyone is equal. Maybe that's why we love it so much. 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. What stirred most excitement in the Netherlands was the chance that this year, for the first time since 1997, it might be cold enough to hold the ice race to end all ice races: the Elfstedentocht or Eleven Cities Race - the biggest competition held on natural ice in the world. It covers 200km -124 miles of land, features 16,000 skaters and can attract more than two million spectators. The nation was buzzing, Dutch media covering every twist and turn in a story that filled much of the main evening news broadcasts on national TV.

This weekend more than a million Dutch people have gone on the ice. It was an unprecedented day of skating. Photo taken in Monnickendam at the Ooster Ae. I took this snapshot while I was skating too. Skating in Monnickendam is sweet nostalgia for me. I used to skate here as a teenager. Now I skate with my daughter. Dutch skaters enjoying the natural ice. We did skate a tour from Amsterdam - Zunderdorp - Ransdorp - Holysloot - Uitdam - Zuiderwoude - Monnickendam - Broek in Waterland -Zunderdorp and back to Amsterdam - about 40km.

Het lekkere weer, een vrije dag en het vooruitzicht op dooi heeft naar schatting zeker één miljoen mensen ertoe bewogen om van het ijs te genieten. Tal van schaatsliefhebbers hebben ergens in het land een toertocht op natuurijs gereden of recreëerden op het ijs. Met schaatsen, met kinderwagens, stoelen of met de slee. Het was een ongekende schaatsdag en genieten op het ijs. Door het hele land werden meer dan 130 toertochten gereden. Ook waren er weer veel schaatsers die op eigen houtje de Elfstedentocht reden. Hier in Waterland iets boven Amsterdam konden de Waterlanders de ijzers weer onderbinden. Ideale condities want de het meeste sneeuw is netjes weggeschoven. 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 11 februari 2012 een lange schaatstocht gemaakt met mijn dochter Samantha 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 vijf, het is prachtig onbewolkt. Koek en zopie is present in de pittoreske dorpjes. De warme chocolademelk smaakte heerlijk en voor mij met een beetje rum erbij. Een dag om niet gauw te vergeten, 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. kiowas 38 months ago | reply

    such an amazing event! Love your series of the skating!

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