Thursday, November 7, 2013

I Want to Ride My Bicycle / Bicycling in Amsterdam

The boyfriend and I are hoping to make a trip to Amsterdam and Paris next spring. Not sure if it will REALLY happen (lottery winnings would seal the deal), but we are hoping it does.

I discussed this possible trip with my co-worker that has been to both Amsterdam and Paris many times.  He casually mentioned that bicycling is BIG in Amsterdam. Then he sent me these interesting (yet RATHER ALARMING videos) to show me exactly HOW popular biking is in Amsterdam.  !!!!!!!!!








Uh, these videos scared me!  Do you see how MANY people are bicycling?!  How CLOSELY they are riding together?!  HOW FAST THEY ARE GOING?!?!?  Yee-ikes!

After worrying about this, I recently had a chance to TRY and ride a bike again (the last time I rode a bike was about 20 years ago) on a trip the boyfriend and I took to Palm Springs.  The condo we stayed at had bicycles in the garage, so we took them out for a spin. RATHER, he took his out for a spin, and I took mine out for a stop-start-squeal-scream-almost-fall-curse-whine-all-the-while-laughing-hysterically-session. As I struggled to remain upright and get any MOMENTUM going, the boyfriend circled around and around me like some kind of circus performer. Oh it must be so fun to be COORDINATED! 

NEEDLESS TO SAY, I need to get a bike already and brush up on my skills if I ever hope to ride competently in Amsterdam. YEESH!

Speaking of bikes, can you believe this Benjamin Bowden Spacelander bicycle?!  What a sweet ride!


Benjamin Bowden, Spacelander Bicycle, 1946:1960


And for the one or two viewers that might actually SEE this post (does ANYONE blog anymore?!  or does my blog suck so hard that I should just throw in the towel already and find something else to spend my time on???) and might not get the blog post title reference, here is your explanation...





13 comments:

MD said...

I'm here reading! Ah, the bicycle. I live in Santa Fe, about a mile from the beautiful downtown plaza and amid lovely, quiet, picturesque neighborhoods. I dreamed and researched about getting a bicycle for almost two years before I took the plunge last spring and spent almost $1,000. Like you, it had been almost 20 years since I had been on a bike, and boy was I excited! I'd ride to the plaza, to Trader Joe's, to Whole Foods and return with a baguette, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers in the basket, head held high and hair sleek. So far, I've ridden it ONCE. I went a couple of blocks, was scared of cars, got winded and sweaty on a grade that was so gentle it looked flat, and returned a nervous wreck. Since then, it's looked beautiful and shiny sitting in my garage. Good luck in Amsterdam...

Caroline said...

OMG…I rode a bike in Ansterdam (shhh…high as a friggin kite). I can't believe I am still alive today! LOL.

Felicia said...

Gasp, I can't believe you're planning such a big trip!! I'm so excited for you!!!!! I know you'll take amazing pics too. YOLO, HAHAHA!

Trissta said...

Um Yes, on the blog front. I still read! Please don't stop! And don't worry, I feel the same way. The only comments I ever get are from you. ;) So, you know that I'll always be commenting and reading yours. :) And as for bikes... I'm not nearly as coordinated as should be. LOL My friend invited me to go mountain biking once and I totally biffed it. I knew I wasn't much of a biker when it came down to it. Sigh. I wish I was though!

Much Love,
Trissta

Clenia Gigi said...

This sounds like major fun!
I would like to do something like this...if only I could ride a bike...
Well I wish you luck!

Elle Sees said...

they do! i've been there once, and i've seen people just steal bikes, simply because they needed them, and then leave them. it was like it was no big deal.

KaH said...

so VERY random. Boyfriend and I have been talking about going next spring/summer too (and Sweden). Maybe we can all go biking together!

Lorena said...

I was in AMS a few months back and I recommend you do not ride a bike.
They drive like crazy NYC yellow cabs, but in a bike.
It's insane !! they ring their little bells to let you know they will not stop for you.... it's even hard to walk without getting run over!
The Museum offer is ammmaaazziinng! and the red light district is quite interesting.

Ace said...

I love reading your blog, but do not read it daily like I used to due to my intense work schedule. This is the reason why I am not myself blogging anymore. :( You have the LEAST suckiest blog of all! In fact yours is my favorite. Please keep it up. It makes me happy!

Alisa said...

My daughter and I rode bikes around Paris this summer. It was our favorite thing we did. We had a fearless guide (a New Yorker friend). They have a bike/bus lane, very scary!! It was amazing, but seemed dangerous!

Anonymous said...

I know it's selfish of me, but I like reading your blog and I would be sad if you quit posting.

Kristine said...

Thanks for the Queen ear worm! I love your blog and would be so sad if you stopped! I've been silent lately due to feeling uninspired and existential angst but I am happy you are still plugging away at it! I would love to be a cyclist but I have zero balance and would be terrified of getting hit by a truck. Hope you get to go on your dreamy trip and please don't stop blogging! xo

itsCatherine said...

Please don't. <3 Pretty please.