5 Nov 2012
Between my full time job, wife duties and my hacked blog that took several days to recover, writing had been frustrating lately, to say the least. Thankfully I have a husband who is not only IT-savvy but is willing to whisk me away to a much-needed weekend retreat somewhere in the country, to the east of the Netherlands to be exact. Since he had a business meeting in that area, we took the opportunity to book ourselves a nice hotel by the beach and unwind for the weekend (Read: sauna, dinner and a walk in the park). I must say, for the last few months, this weekend trip had been one of my most relaxing trips that we have made together, however short it was.
Usually our weekend trips start on a Friday but I had to work late in Belgium and as usual drank myself silly with three bottles of those delicious dark Kasteel beers. When I got home, my husband was waiting with a bottle of Moet & Chandon, which for the life of me, I didn’t understand why I had to consume the same night. Those two together led to oversleeping and a nasty case of headache the next morning. With the help of a few pain killers and a huge breakfast of grilled pork ribs, we were off to our hotel by lunch time.
Putten is a small municipality in the province Gelderland, home of the cities of Arnhem, Nijmegen and Apeldoorn. It is also near Holland’s biggest national park, the Nationaal Park de Hoge Veluwe. Our hotel is located near the Nulde Beach, which naturally, I did not know beforehand because we did not really have plans. But that was precisely the idea, no stress in trying to come up with activities to fill up a short visit. In this weekend trip, we just let the place dictate how the the day goes.