|First part of our Danish vacation||SelectShow>|
Last Monday, we managed to catch the kitties (with a surprising lack of drama, thankfully) and deposited them at the regular cat-sitting adress. As usual, they weren’t too thrilled, but we know from experience that they always manage to have a good time there. It was busy, being in the middle of vacationing season, but at least they have each other for company if they get into trouble.
On Tuesday morning, we left for Apeldoorn quite early to pick up J and N, my nephew and niece. They had been staying in the Netherlands for a little over two weeks: first one week with my parents, then one week with their other grandparents. We picked them up and even managed somehow to add their luggage to ours in the back of the car. I didn’t know the car had so much space…
The next day, we took it easy and got up rather late, while the rest of the family had already left for work or school. Then paultje (my sister) returned, and just before lunch time we collected my niece at her school. She goes to a school for gifted children, and it was fun to look around there.
The next day, we went to the Arken Museum for Modern Art. They had a good selection of art on display (including an exhibition of works by Hundertwasser), and the building itself is really interesting as well. I did discover that I’m not a big fan of Damien Hirst, too.
On Friday, paultje had taken the day off, and we went to Creative Space, which is a cafe where you can paint porcelain objects. Paultje is a regular there (the personnel knows her by name), and she uses her own creations as tableware. We selected some things and started painting — my creation was described as “a ‘to go’ mug with a blue pattern”. It takes a week to glaze and fire the porcelain, so we couldn’t take our things home with us — paultje will collect it next Friday.
Yesterday (Saturday), we had breakfast with the whole family and re-packed our stuff. At 11:00, we said our goodbyes and set off for the second part of our vacation. We have hired a cottage on Samso, an island in between Sealand (the island where Copenhagen lies) and Jutland (the part of Denmark that’s attached to Germany).
The boat ride out was un-eventful. We had lunch on board, went outside for a bit (windy!) and sat out the rest of the two-hour ride inside, reading.
Today, it was a bit rainy. We had thought to take a drive to the most northern tip of the island, which is advertised as a scenic spot. When we parked the car, it was almost dry, so we set out on foot towards one of the geocaches I had put in the GPS receiver (all 79 active ones on the island). But about halfway it started raining in earnest, and we got soaked quite quickly.