Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 226

Back when the corona measures were lighter, Marinus and I decided to book a weekend away to another part of the Netherlands. We decided on the old city of Amersfoort.

With the increase in measures we heard that restaurants and pubs are closed, but we decided to go any way.

The city is gorgeous, with buildings from the medieval times and everything since. This time of year it is decked out in the pretty colours of autumn. We did a city walk on advice from the tourist information centre, and learnt a bit about the city too.

There’s a big rock, called the “Amersfoortse kei” and according to the information booklet the story (as retold from my memory) goes as follows:

Way back when, a guy found this big rock and he decided to see if he can get his mates to drag this rock into town. He rounded up a few hundred people and they succeeded to drag it to one of the squares. The neighbouring people thought they were silly with this task and tried to make fun of them, but in the end they decided not to let it bother them, and made it an emblem of the city.

If the plus side of autumn is the lovely colours, the downside is the weather. An hour or so into our walk it started to rain and we realised that due to the corona measures we can’t duck into a cafe for a warm drink and a bit of shelter. Our hotel was on the outskirts of the city to be closer to nature, but this didn’t help when we were bedraggled in town and wishing we were staying much closer.

Be kind. Stay safe.

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