I have decided I am now 90% German. Living here for five years, it’s just seeped into my being. I blame osmosis. We finally went on vacation-vacation last week. For one week. I totally get why Germans take such long vacations (Germans have on average 34 paid vacation days). It took me till Sunday to really feel relaxed.
Because I needed a new passport. Because Schiphol (airport by Amsterdam) offered the quickest turnaround. We went to Holland again. This time up to North Holland, at the north end of the small island of Texel. There was some protest that it was Holland again. There was some protest that there were boats involved, the only way to get onto Texel. I was stubborn. We went. And while there is no passport, we had a fabulous family-bonding week.
I have more memories I love than I can fit in this space. Since I am sharing our family photo, I am also sharing that memory. One of my goals was to take lots & lots of photo’s. Not just of us, but also of my beautiful country. Lighthouses, animals, countryside, sunsets. Dave had gifted me my first tripod & I was beyond excited to try it out!
Our third day, late in the day, we finally had some time to go take my new toy for a test drive. We drove the couple of kilometers to the lighthouse and excitedly pushed our way out of the van & to the beach. I couldn’t wait to get some stunning sunset shots!
Um. The beach. Was. Long. Wide? The sand went on for miles. Not just to my left & right, but straight ahead to the ocean. We had parked just over the dunes, and when we crossed the last one to finally see the ocean, we all stopped in our tracks. Low tide on Texel is not the same as low tide in California. The end of the sand, and the beginning of the sea, was literally on the horizon.
At first we slowly walked towards the ocean, me stopping occasionally for photo’s, the kids stopping frequently for shells. As it slowly dawned on me that we weren’t really getting an closer, that the beach was not meters wide, but kilometers wide, we sped up our pace. Now I was getting anxious I’d miss the sunset! Out of breath, with the sun touching the water, we finally reached the edge a good 45 minutes after leaving the van.
I quickly set up my tripod, bossed my family into group photo position, and then ran to get in the shot! I need a remote. It is on my list for my birthday next month.