You might have noticed it's been pretty quiet over here. We've tried to keep our social channels updated with candid snippets, but otherwise have been on a little blog break. As our wallets have been tight, we've been less "travelling Shus" and "storytelling Shus" and more "living life Shus."
The choices we’ve made have been worth the sacrifices. But it’s okay to feel a little sad around the holidays, away from our families and away from what is familiar. Perhaps the balm for that homesickness is not to be found in trying to replicate what we had before, but in making new traditions to honour our memories.
We often navigate near motor scooters, cars and their "door-zones," passing through traffic circles and interacting with automobiles regularly. The infrastructure helps, but more than that, the people in the motor vehicles help. Driving education helped them help the cyclists, and in most cases the drivers are also cyclists, so they understand what sharing the road means.
What is amazing about Koningsdag is that the city literally shuts down to give the people free reign. On this day, pedestrians, not bikes, rule the streets. The party spans the the whole city and everything goes. You want to drink beer in the middle of the street (normally illegal), go ahead! Want to set up a BBQ on the sidewalk and sell kababs, go ahead! Want to bring your boom box on the train and blast your favourite tunes in the "silent" car, go right on ahead!