Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Expat Life: Mijn fiets (A minha bicicleta)

After two years and seven months in the Netherlands, I' ve bought my bike ;-)

From Coisas Minhas


For two years, I lived in the city centrum, where everything was nearby: theater, cinema, restaurants, stores, the supermarket, the lake, the park, the train,...
However, since last December, I live in Tussen de Vaarten. Here we have a bus to the city centrum each 7 minutes and the trip is about 10 minutes. Ok, that's fine, but...
I wanted to enjoy the parks and the lakes of Tussen de Vaarten, go easily to Albert Heijn, visit some friends nearby. The best way to do it is with a bike ;-) Now, I don't need to take the bus only to go for a two or four stops ahead.

How have you found your bike? you ask...

First, I went to the city centrum and visited some stores. I tryed a couple of bikes but I felt uneasy.
I'm a Portuguese with 1,60 m, not a Dutch tall woman.
I needed a smaller bike, so I decided to look for it in the site of MatraBike.
I clicked in "Damesfietsen" (Lady's bikes) and I chose this one with 43 cm, the ideal for me. I bought it online, and few days later, they delivered it at home. Easy.

Now, it's enjoy it!

I had a bike when I was a child... yes, almost 30 years ago...
Well, we use to say: " We never forget!" and that is true! ;-)

The best part of it?

A wonderful feeling of freedom! ;-)

Have a nice week! ;-)

George Michael, Freedom

8 comments:

Margarida Elias said...

Aqui fica o comentário no blogue. Os meus parabéns pela coragem! Bons passeios!

Anita said...

Hahahaha ! Freedom is... biking around in the NL with a clip of George Michael in your head. I hope your bike will never let you down and you will never give it up.

Presépio no Canal said...

Obrigada, Margarida e Anita, pela forca! A ver se eu nao atropelo ninguem, nem me estatelo no chao ;-))

~ Lopa said...

Ohh i want one too...it's on my list since we arrived here... exact 2 years and still counting... Whenever i go, i end up liking the most expensive one with tons of features, and i know if i have it i am not going to be worth it... so that cycle keeps repeating..but soon, very soon !
:)

Margarida Elias said...

O meu trauma resume-se apenas a uma vez que estava a andar de bicicleta na quinta dos meus avós (no Redondo) e um besouro bateu-me na cara... Como detesto insectos, nunca recuperei.:)

Presépio no Canal said...

Ha sustos que nunca esquecemos. Tambem tive um, mas na praia de Santa Cruz. Resultado: ainda hoje nao sei nadar.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Oooooh! She is a beautiful bike! I hope you will have many grand adventures together. And you were so smart to buy her in the Summer! You must be enjoying the nice weather :-D

Presépio no Canal said...

Dear Japra ;-) I take my rides here next home but I didn't dare (yet...) to go further ;-) So many years without cycling...;-) But yes, I will try new paths ;-)