It’s so cold here the rivers are starting to freeze up. But I wish it were even colder, and stayed that way for at least another two weeks. That way the canals of Holland will once again be safe for miles and miles of skating.
Just a little over three years ago I raced 550km from Hamburg to just south of Rotterdam for the chance to slip on the skates and slide around the windmills for three days.
And now that a Russian winter has invaded western Europe, could it happen again? A lot of people are guessing it might. Every day this past week dozens of people have been landing on this moribund blog after googling skating in holland.
I’d do anything to be able to do it all over again. There’s nothing else in winter quite like it.