zondag 28 augustus 2011

Mudflat hiking…

4:20 the alarm went on. “Where am I and why do I have to wake up in the middle of the night?” this was my first thought. This was a beginning of our small adventure that started in the small cozy hotel in Dokkum. With the group of 14 people, we decided to check what this big deal is about mudflat walking (Wadlopen). After shower, quick breakfast and the 15 min ride we were standing at 6 o’clock, in the cold, waiting to make our first steps in the black, dirty, smelly mud of the Wadden Sea.

The start was at Holwerd ferry, destination, Ameland Island, distance, more than 10km, time planed, 3hours. As members of 60 people group, guided by the 4 guides, we walked first 3 km in the mud up to our ankles. Strange feeling when you don’t see the color of your shoes. Later, when the sun starts to shine, we were reaching the water first to our ankles, then the knees and eventually to almost our waist. Luckily, it was few channels only, mostly we walked in the shallow sea and various sand-flats, ending the last kilometer with the island view in front of us. We reached the Ameland far before the tide. Everyone was quite exhausted and some of us took a power nap on the ferry taking us back to parking spot at Holwerd.

Despite the muscle pain and sore feet I can definitely check this one as a great fun worth repeating in the future. If we want there are many mud routes to choose from.

maandag 8 augustus 2011

vrijdag 5 augustus 2011

Electronic Family and Group therapy…

Hey, hey party people. Summer, no matter the weather, is the time of the outdoor festivals and concerts. From many, many organized in the Netherlands and Belgium is very difficult to choose. There will be no way to go to all because of the time and money limitations. This year we have selected three PinkPop because of Coldplay, Electronic Family because it was new open-air Trance festival with Armin van Buuren as the core DJ and the Dance Valley because we have good memories from last year.

Electronic Family was last week. The lineup was just awesome, besides Armin there were Alex M.O.R.P.H, Aly & Fila, Ferry Corsten, Gareth Emery, Jochen Miller, Leon Bolier, Markus Schulz, Rank 1, Simon Patterson and Wippenberg. Nine hours of dancing in the epic atmosphere. We saw our old colleagues from Germany. This always astonish me, we see same people on the trance events, once maybe twice a year and we feel like we know each other for a long time … it is like we would live close to each other. We were lucky with the weather, no rain despite the predictions and the previous week of waterfalls falling from the sky.

Tomorrow the Dance Valley and praying already at least for dry day, sun will be the best but you can't have everything. You will find us by Above and Beyond group therapy stage, enjoying the music and the drinks.