Fall break

Finally, after a very busy couple of weeks during which I couldn’t really find (or didn’t want to have to search for) the time to create elaborate blogposts, here’s our fall break story. You’d think school breaks are about sleeping in, relaxing, walking around in your pyjamas all day, stuff like that, right? Well, not if you’re an exchange student. This was Zoé’s fall break schedule:

Saturday: taking a long walk in nature near Breda, collecting sweet chestnuts and going out for dinner to celebrate my dad’s 65th birthday.
Sunday: finish reading a book for school (this counts as chillin’ doesn’t it?).
Monday: going into town and to the movies with a classmate.
Tuesday: shopping in the beautiful city of Utrecht with another classmate.
Wednesday: THE trip to Amsterdam 😉 .
Thursday: doing a Geocaching winter trail of 31 caches in a forest near us.
Friday: visiting a friend in the nearby town where the scouting meetings are also held. Leaving for a hike with the scouting group later in the afternoon.
Saturday: hiking with the scouting group.
Sunday: yes, finally sleeping in and walking around in pyjamas all day 😉 .

The following galleries will hopefully give a nice idea of the activities that we did with Zoé. Please click any of the pictures to go into a gallery for more details.

And this is what I made later that week with our sweet chestnut harvest:

We’d also planned to (finally!) visit Amsterdam this fall break. Although the outcome of the September poll actually required us to include a visit to the Artis zoo, we skipped that. There was so much to see in the city centre alone and our guide had so many stories to tell and showed us around so many well known and lesser known beautiful spots that we didn’t feel like spending our time in a zoo. For that same reason we didn’t go on a canal tour either. We explored the city on foot and it was perfect. We took loads of pictures, the following gallery is only an impression of the day. Go inside the gallery for more information with each photo.

Thanks Dad for taking us on such an interesting and personal tour around Amsterdam!!!

On Thursday it was time for some serious Geocaching. We had actually introduced Zoé to this adventurous game before, but this time we were aiming for 31 finds in one go through a recently published winter trail. The area where these geocaches are hidden used to be a sand quarry and has been transformed into a recreational area. There’s a height difference in this area of about 50 meters and the land varies from wet marshes to dry moors, so moving through it was a bit of a challenge sometimes. But most of all we enjoyed the company and the beautiful autumn views. And Zoé did SO well! I’d say she found at least a third of the caches all by herself!

The weather was  just wonderful for the time of year, on the warm side even! So we were far from the only ones enjoying this trail. We ran into other geocachers all day and later found out that 20+ teams had logged it that same day 🙂 . Thanks Team Tabak for the superb preparations and fun day 🙂 !

That’s it as far as we can share in pictures and stories. An update by Zoé herself should be on its way in the near future and will be about the next big adventure: a scouting weekend “Margrethekamp” with activities yet to be revealed…


5 Comments on “Fall break”

  1. NK says:

    Awesome! sounds like a perfect break and a week of pajamas would have been boring! It sounds like a great balance of time between family and friends and also a variety of activities. I’ll be coming to stay in 2015 after next year’s student leaves (we are taking a year off after that).

    How many of the 31 did you find?

    • The 4 star terrain cache was very hard to find, but eventually we got all 31!! To be honest, we did get help from one of the many other cachers for the bonus cache.

      So you’ll come over for some nice geocaching over here? Will you be having a Dutch student again the third time? Would be awesome to come and visit all of them, right? Just let us know once you know what your plans will be!

  2. monroe2013 says:

    WOW!! Busy family! I have to ask is that a “cheesecake” of sorts that you made with your chestnuts? It looks amazing!!

    • Hi!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      And thank you for the compliment on the cake! It has the following ingredients in it: sweet chestnuts, milk (I used almond milk and only to boil the chestnuts in), 5 egg yolks, 5 stiff beaten egg whites and sugar. That’s all. The texture made me think of almond paste mmmmmmmm 🙂 So it’s cake-like, but much denser and leaning towards an almond paste texture. It was soooo good 😛

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