The friend who went with me was, let's just say, not exactly prepared. The weather was a bit ominous with dark clouds and serious threats of rain. My friend did not have rain gear. So when we arrived we first had to walk into town to get her some. And a sweater because she didn't dress warmly enough. When we finally got the bikes she informed me that she hadn't been on a bike in years. Uh oh.
Most of the Netherlands is extremely flat so it is very easy to bike. Well, easy for most of us. Within minutes I was told to stop riding like speedy gonzalez. I was barely pedaling. In fact, at one point the wind was strong enough to push me without any pedaling and she still couldn't keep up. I am by no means a fast rider! About 20 minutes into the ride she was crying that her butt hurt. She looked miserable. I felt bad for her but I was also annoyed (really, why say you want to go on a day-long biking excursion if you can't ride a bike?). We didn't make it to the fields.
Instead, we went back and got a bus to the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is the world's largest flower garden. There are approximately 7,000,000 (seven million!) bulbs planted there and it has over 15km of foot paths. It's only open a couple months each spring when the flowers are in bloom. It's impossible to really capture the grand scale of the place but here are a few (I literally took over 200 pictures and it was really hard to pick which ones to post but I assure you this is only a few!) pictures to try and give you an idea of the different flowers and colors. It is amazingly beautiful there!
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