I offered to pay a visit to Harderwijk as well, for socializing and catching up. Thursday, June 9th they arrived at Schiphol. The next day Renske guided them throughout the day through Amsterdam, with which they’ve experienced a great deal of the many sights of our capital.
Saturday 11 and Sunday, June 12th Shruti and Lata are staying at my house. 2 days to also visit some rural surroundings and relax. Together with my son Mekhia I drive Saturday mornings to Amsterdam. We pick up the two ladies from the NH Amsterdam Centre. At home I am surprised with a beautiful saree, which Shruti has ordered in India to make it especially for me. Into my favorite colors and precisely matching me.
In Harderwijk this weekend the widely known Aaltjesdagen and Visserijdagen are organized. Plenty of fish, music, drinks, party and socializing. We decide to walk into town and there to enjoy the festivities. We take lunch at Cafvino Dulce, the restaurant where my husband Michael works. Naturally, we treat ourselves to freshly prepared and delicious artisanal ice from Everto. And in the evening we dine together at Peacock's in the small neighboring Ermelo. Both ladies are overwhelmed by what they. In contrast to the busy heart of our country, they discover the wide open green tranquility of our Veluwe.
The next day we get up early. After breakfast we leave for the polder, the village Luttelgeest. There we visit the Orchid Farm. Here are thousands of species of wild and rare orchids, tropical birds, colorful Lori's, reptiles and Koi naturally together in the Malaysian, Orchids and Lori Garden. In the butterfly valley, Europe's largest butterfly garden, more than two thousand butterflies are flying around. We finish this colorful day with a delicious Indian meal at our favorite restaurant Mamta, situated on the boulevard of Harderwijk.
And then the time has come to say goodbye. Tomorrow Shruti and Lata move on and they travel by train to Germany. Michael and I take the ladies back to the hotel in Amsterdam. I enjoyed these two days, the conversations, the jokes, the laughter, togetherness.
Dear Shruti and Lata, thank you for coming and staying with us in Harderwijk. Have fun on your way further through Europe. We keep in touch through facebook. Love from Michael Mekhia, Nevada and me. X