Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Maastricht, Holland

The driving trip my husband and I took in March 1997 included a tiny corner of Holland. We stopped in the city of Maastricht to look around. There's always something to see in any town or city in Europe, so we were able to find historic buildings:

and enjoy beer in yet one more country:

As usual, however, at least one thing has to go wrong on every trip. Notice the "pained" expression on my face as I sip my beer?

We were exploring the parks and climbing around on old walls in Maastricht, and as I came down the steps, intent on photographic opportunities, I stepped onto a worn dip in the stone and lost my balance. As I tumbled to the ground, I kept thinking, "The camera. Don't break the camera."

The camera was fine, but I had sprained my ankle on the third day of our trip. I hobbled along for the next week, using the coldest water possible in the bathtub each night to bring down the swelling so I could jam the foot back into a shoe the next day. I just kept thinking, "It could have been worse," and "I'm not going home early, no matter what."


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - What a lovely place!! Sorry that it cost you your ankle, so to speak, but it sounds beautiful!

Name: Luana Krause said...

I would love to travel... looks like such a wonderful adventure.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Margot -- my husband and I had a habit of going off the beaten path on these trips so we often found interesting towns not on the regular tourist route. It was a lot of fun, even when we occasionally ran into a language barrier. Thank goodness for phrase books.

Luana -- we often made an adventure out of an ordinary vacation. I have a whole article written about Paris with teenagers. :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful place and a joy to read about.


Ann said...

Oh Poor You. How miserable!

I have been here. We did a tour of Holland years ago. Loved it.

GigglesandGuns said...

The beer had to be some comfort, right? ;0)

Anonymous said...

Oh, isn't that the way it always goes! But it sounds like a wonderful trip otherwise.

I love your Katie Kitten. My daughter is very fond of cats. We would have one if we didn't live in such a small place that we're renting. You've probably posted her earlier; I've been bogged down helping another daughter who had neck injury, so I haven't kept up to date on all my favorite bloggers. But I'm back in the midst of it now, and will look forward to your next A to Zs.
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GutsyWriter said...

A trip to Holland in 1997. Have you returned since?
I love the Dutch people, very down-to-earth and friendly. Did you think so too? I'm glad you didn't break your ankle.