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If you can’t beat ’em…..

So you’re moving to Holland?

Can you speak Dutch?
Have you ever been there?
Do you know anyone?
Can you ride a bike?

You’d think that answering ‘no’ to all of the above might have put me off.

When I first came to The Netherlands all these things were beyond my experience.

I’d been to the country once. For a day.

Fast forward a few, a lot, loads of , several, years.


That’s me in the front.
Yes, I know, it’s not a BIcycle!

The first three aspects of unfamiliarity were a simple sustained effort to change.

Spend time put in an effort gradually improve.

After a few years here I managed to do this:


…get married in a Dutch ceremony in the town hall. (To a scot who speaks Dutch too.)

Challenge number four was a lot harder. I did try.
But I finally concluded that it was wiser to find another solution.


My three wheels are perfect for me. And cycling in The Netherlands is as great as you’ve heard, especially in the spring.

It’ll be here soon. I can’t wait.

8 comments on “If you can’t beat ’em…..

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    February 13, 2014

    lovely post and thanks for sharing


    • lizard100
      February 13, 2014

      Thanks for reading 😃


      • lindaswildlifegarden
        February 14, 2014

        stuck on 3 question before I can post my blog re award


      • lizard100
        February 14, 2014

        Three was tricky. I think I’d want cheese, tomato, beetroot, onion and advocado.


  2. alderandash
    February 14, 2014

    Good for you! Moving to another country is a leap, isn’t it. I lived in Thailand for a few years – every day felt like an adventure in the early months (sometimes good, sometimes alarming/confusing!). Your bike looks very cool…


    • lizard100
      February 14, 2014

      It was a big step. Ant imagine living elsewhere now though 😃


  3. bmary
    March 14, 2014

    Fabulous! 🙂


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