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During the week, we decided that we would go visit the province up North called Drenthe. It is a big area and the land are mainly used for farming. It also lays the oldest monuments in the Netherlands. The Hunebedden (megalithic tombs).

The Hunebedden were built more than 5000 years ago by people of the Funnel beaker Culture – the first farmers in Northen Europe, who burried their dead in the hunebedden. It has walls, a roof and an entrance.

FRIDAY

Once Frank arrived home from work, then we cycled to the train station and took the train and the weekend begin!

We took the train from Leiden Centraal to Zwolle and took another train from Zwolle to Emmen.

From the train station we walked for about 20minutes to the hotel. There was a big sewage project going on and the road was a mess.

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We found a nice grass under the sun in front of a college, and we lay our picnic mat and we sat and enjoy our dinner. Being in a small town, everyone who passes by will greet you.

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SATURDAY

After our full filling breakfast, we went back to the train station to rent a tandem. It would be the first time I will ride a tandem and it was so much fun!!!! Something I dont mind doing again!

We arrive 45minutes too early and the bicycle rental shop only opens at 10am.

So we walked to one of the Hunebed site which is 15 minutes from the station. D45. It is one of the largest in Drenthe and it was built on top of a sandy hillock. For every hunebed, there was also an entrance and it is quite fascinating trying to imagine about how the hunebed really was back then.

D45 – Emmen

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Once we rent our tandem, we rode the bike from Emmen to Borger. Along the way there were many more hunebed sites and we try to stop at everyone of them!

We cycled for hours through the farms and it such a beautiful sight! I will let the photos do the talking soon enough.

We cycled through Exloo to get to Borger. Exloo was more touristy and it was slightly busier than other places. It was a nice weather for everyone to travel around.

Our Tandem

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Enjoy the photos!

 

D38, 39, 40 – A Trio in clearing

It is suggested that mostly one group of people use 1 hunebed. In this site, there are so maybe more than one group of people lived in the same area or later occupants building a new hunebed next to the old one.

 

In the 1st photo, you can see the biggest hunebed on the left, and 2nd biggest on the left and the small bump in the middle of the photo is where the 3rd one is.

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D35 – At the water’s edge

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D18 – A Neolithic Tomb

This hunebed was built between 3400 and 3100 BC. It is a prehistoric burial monument made of large boulders. These stones were transported to the northen part of the Netherlands by glacier ice from Scandinavia around 150,000 years ago.

In the olden days, people thought that hunebedden are built by giants. (hunen means giant)

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Hunebedden Museum

Here you can see the stones that was transported down from the Scandavia mountain. It was also mentioned that, for thousands of years, the province of Drenthe was covered by 1000m layer thick of ice.

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D27 – The largest hunebed

In the museum also lies the largest hunebedden in the Netherlands. Measuring up to 22.6 metres.

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D32 – A humble trio

There are 2 sites in Drenthe that has 3 hunebedden lying together. The one near Emmen D38, D39 and D40 and D32 in Odoorn.

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D21, D22 – The most elegant and the smallest together

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Was a good day! 🙂

 

Doei!!!

Rachel Raymond

www.mshachi.wordpress.com

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Lat Tuesday evening, we rode our bike to Leiden to meet Maria. It was another beautiful day and the part that I am liking the most was the fact that it is still so bright at 10pm! There are so much things that could get done. So we sat on something that was like a barge in the canal, and had a few drinks. It was a nice evening and everyone was happy that the sun is up and shining.

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On our way back, an insect flew into my right eyes and now i have an irritated right eye.:(

The next day, I decided to go and ride my bike in the park that leads to the farmland. It was a park that I always walk by and with all the green leaves, it looked different to me.

I cycled along the small beach area, and sat there and enjoy the view. Looking at the water makes me want to be in the water so bad.

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Flowers along the beach.

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Then I continued on cycling into the farmland and passed a beautiful area where people were bird watching. It was a serene landscape and you can never get enough.

I also passed by a few farm house with their horses busy munching munching.

 

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As  I cycled into the farmland, I saw this beautiful heard of Galloways. I have never seen them before and there were already another lady standing at the fence just enjoying the herds grazing away.

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On the opposite of the herd of Galloways, was the Dutch cows. I always loved looking at them in the train, and that day, I get to see it up close!!!! Until one of them looked at me and mooed me away…. 😥

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After spending half an hour watching the cattle, I continued on cycling till I reached a golf course and decided to turn back as that was the end of the farmland.

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And yes, I am tanner here than when I am in KL!

 

Doei!!!

Rachel Raymond

 

www.mshachi.wordpress.com

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We are almost half way of the year 2013, and when you work there is nothing much to post or blog about. I am sure no one wants to hear about my complains at work.

In January i got myself a new job. Got to work in the famous Twin Tower. It was a really nice place to work in and I thought you know, this is it. I will work here FOREVER! But that was not the case. The job was not the one that i was looking for, so I got myself another job last month, May.

I was on a 2 weeks holiday before starting my 1st new job and I spent it in Holland visiting Frank. It was another snowy winter in Holland and people were not too happy with snow, but it didn’t stopped me from smiling looking at the snow. It was also in fact the 1st winter that I made my first snowman with the help of Frank and Maria!

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It was also the time we discovered panorama function in our phone. So everything after that was panorama view photos! 🙂

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And of course the most important part was also getting to know the Dutch Football, we went to a Feyenoord game. Feyenoord

After signing the contract for the new job, I have a month in between before starting the new job. So I flew to Holland early June. This would be the first time I am in Holland for summer.

The day I arrived, it was a very sunny day, and according to Frank, it was actually one of the first day that they had a nice weather. So I guess I arrived at the right time.

My flight arrived 50minutes earlier than scheduled. The weather was really sunny and the skies were blue and it felt like an afternoon instead of a morning.

From the train, I could see that the fields are green, flowers are blooming, everything was so pretty. Of course they never fail to capture my heart…..FAT SHEEPS!!!!! The look so cute in the middle of the green field!

Walking from the train station to Frank’s apartment, the town somehow looked abandon because the grass was long and everything was green (a view I have not seen in winter), and at 7.30am there were hardly anyone on the streets! Not hardly, it was just the 2 of us in fact. of course I have to think about how it is back home. On a weekend morning, the streets will be filled with people lining up to eat their favourite dim sum in 2020! yum yum.

After unpacking a few things, then we went for a bike ride along the Vliet and rode our bike all the way to Leiden.

Cycling along the Vliet

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In Leiden we parked our bike and we sat under the sun and had something to drink and decided to rent a rowing boat.

So we rowed our boat in the canal in Leiden. The traffic in the canal was so busy! With a big rowing boat and a long heavy oars that was not real ideal in that small canal with 10 more boats lining up to pass you! 😥

Rowing

We managed to make it without sinking or crashing into anyone or boats. Then we stopped by the famous English Pub in town, and had our drink and cycled back home to go to Lindeboom to meet everyone.

On the way to the bar, we stopped and bought ourselves Greek food (I LOVE GREEK FOOD!) If it was not for Frank, I would have eaten everyday, from the day I discover that little cafe!

Arriving the bar, it was good to see everybody and of course Chiko the Boss, and met Amber the new dog from Bonaire, adopted by Fiona and Erwin. It was good to be back and everyone was in good spirit, with the sun up and shining.

The next morning was unclear to me, but I got up at 1pm! 🙂 I have got to learn to say NO!

 

Doei!!!

Rachel Raymond

www.mshachi.wordpress.com

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