We've spent so much time in Haarlem it is starting to feel like home! Our apartment this time is not as charming or spacious as previous apartments - no balcony or garden and a very steep stairway - but very conveniently located and adequate for our needs.
We've been doing our favorite things, lunch in the Grote markt, beers at a brewery in a church right near our apartment, coffee with old friends Willy and Gert at the Saturday market.
Then a spectacular ride through the dunes of the Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland, a short ferry ride, and alas it was time to take the bikes to Ernst's shop where I bid a sad farewell to Scout. Ernst has kindly agreed to store them for us until next year.
So.... after a tearful farewell, we are once more tethered to the ground ... no more can I "slip the surly bonds of earth" and "chase the shouting wind" - at least not until next year.
by John G. Magee
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds,
— and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of
— wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...."