Flying visit to Rotterdam, Bank Holiday weekend, but not
holidaying, oh no! Hard work this was, helping son move into
a new flat, first time proud owner (well, mortgage owner I should say)
three flights up the stairs
and no lift, legs aching, shopping, my credit card doing overtime, after all why are parents
asked to come and help?
No time for blogging, thinking or reading or writing.
Rotterdam – great town to spend some time and
after a long hard day to sit at one of the harbour
restaurants have a glass of wine and enjoy good food,
especially the fish, or simply dive into one of the very
many small local restaurants, Italian, Greek, etc.
The Dutch noisy and friendly, but Rotterdam is also a very cosmopolitan
town, so many different ethnic groups, so many different
languages all around, people switching from one to another, with
the native Rotterdammers in their heavy vernacular, friendly and
open, always expecting that you will not mind having a little chat when
they think you are one of them – I am not, my Dutch stems from quite a
different part of The Netherlands, but I welcome the chats.
During the flight and train journeys and a bit of time snatched here and there
I managed to read Sarah Waters ‘The Night Watch’, but did not enjoy it as much
as her other two, Affinity and Fingersmith. Was I too tired, not in the mood? I
simply got a bit bored with it, too much detail on relationships, the story just
did not grab me at all…. Oh well, I’m not going to spend too much time considering it
either, will get back into my armchair traveller list I think.
Back to work now!