Ice-skating is something of a national sport in the Netherlands, especially in winters where we’re lucky enough to have temperatures so low the many natural waterways in the city and countryside are frozen. Last week was such a lucky week, and children and parents alike put on their skates and hit the ice. Even the canals in the city centre here in Amsterdam were frozen, which is pretty rare! After some initial hesitation on whether or not to get the kids their own skates (after all, you never know how much they will be put to use) we did give in to the temptation. Especially after I found out that skates these days are expandable! Sara’s pair for instance is size 32-36, which means she will be able to wear them for years to come. (We got their skates at Decathlon.) It’s amazing how fast they pick up the skill, and how they love the activity. Fun, fun, fun!
PS Photo of Pim (4) skating on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam over the weekend.
How cool!!! I can’t even imagine just skating/walking down the canals throughout the city. It must feel so surreal.
How cool for your kids to experience that too. I’m sure they will remember that for many, many years. (And how cool that the skates expand nowadays. That’s definitely worth it then!)
How amazing! I grew up skating on my local village pond. I was so much fun. I cannot believe the canals in Amsterdam are frozen.