Wasn’t today just amazing? On these types of days, I have Bob Marley stuck in my head. Though it was cold, the sun was shining and the weather was sweet. Makes you want to move your peddling feet. Sunday, here I am!
The Dutch word for ‘gloves’ is my second all-time favourite Dutch word: handschoenen. Literally translated as ‘hand shoes.’ Yep, that’s what they are: shoes for the hands.
And just as I was getting quite comfortable toting these things around everywhere I go, it seems like it might be time to put them away (the jacket and scarf can stay handy though). Because 15ºC of sun calls for bare hands on the handlebars! Weeeeeeee!
Sometimes it’s cold. Hailing. Wet. Cloudy. And then sometimes we get lucky with nothing but sun. Yep, that makes us smile, smiles like these two. No gloves or hats even. That’s what being on your bike does — makes you smile.
The other day I was riding down Vijzelstraat towards the city centre. As I was approaching the Prinsengracht (a one-way and precisely here), I slowed down, looked for on-coming cars and bikes from the left and right… and kept riding.
Yes, I knowingly rode through a red light. In Amsterdam. The capital of red-light-running. I know, that doesn’t make it ok.
A police car followed me, pulled me over, and proceeded to lecture me about how it’s unsafe, especially “because a police car was parked at the intersection.”
And then he actually asked me if he could give me a fine of €97. I had already argued my side by saying I felt safe, so I didn’t argue further. But could I have said no? I wonder.
So watch out Amsterdammers. They’re out to get ya!
Give a lift, or carry your friend’s bag. These two friends have it down.
I caught these Amsterdammers going though the Rijksmuseum bike path, enjoying today’s sunny chill and riding fast through the tunnel. So many people out and about on their bikes today. Babies, bakfiets, lovers, and friends — I love that no matter the weather, we keep on peddling.
Amsterdammers know how to dress for the cold, the wet, the cloudy, and the ugly. And they do it in style!
Yep it’s that time again–dig out your scarves, hats, and long coats … because, ladies and gents, it’s fall.
When the sun is shining like this, it’s time to dig out those shorts (again) and wear some sunny yellow shoes to match the lovely weather!
“Hallo mooie dame, you’d look nice on the back of my bike.”
“I really need a good rack for my bike, yours would be perfect.”
What do you think?
Wear a Lakers jersey! Kobe Bryant’s no less. These types of things are not often spotted here on the streets (do people play basketball here?). But in gorgeous LA weather like this, go for it right?! This chick rocks it.
Dressed to the nines with black heels and all, this VANMOOF dame is heading out on the town!
Our days for wearing shorts and summer sandals are now counted…as we count down the days til the end of the summer. There’s an autumn chill already lurking around the corner. Are you excited for fall, sad to see the summer leave? I’m going to miss my shorts and flip-flops (and my tan), but fall colors in Amsterdam will easily bring a smile to my face.
Oh how typical: a lovely lass wearing flip flops and a dress, carrying groceries and flowers on a regular old Omafiets. Don’t you love Amsterdam?
Amsterdammers are loving their strappy sandals these days. It’s perfect weather for them: sunny skies and warm. Let the fresh air run through those toes!
And wow, the skies this weekend were hot, hot, hot! This tropical weather come from out of nowhere–but I’ll take it. And top it with some short shorts, dresses, and skirts. The shorter the better these days!
Despite the heat and humidity, Amsterdammers were still on their bikes, showing off their stems–and of course full of style!
Loving the VANMOOF bike.
Do you match your outfits to your bike? I doubt she meant to, but look at that! Blue and red, with red flowers, bell, and panniers to boot.
Nothing like a leisurely ride in the Vondelpark with a friend. And with style, might I add. Looking good boys!
I mean, really. Are you seeing what I’m seeing? They’re everywhere!
Who’s going to win? It really looks like she wants to race the little green car. I bet the bike will win. Hopefully the flowers will make it, too!
Loving this chick’s style. Black on gray on white, with the black Nike Frees — on a classic black Omafiets. Plus the big bun on top. And Ray-Bans to make it stick. Nice.
Hats are all the rage these days. Are you seeing them everywhere, too? Today was a great day for a hat. Typical Dutch weather that leaves you with the slightest chill. I just wonder if her hat stayed on her head the whole time, or did the wind blow it away at some point? Guess we’ll never know…