One day of the end of July, I had cycling with my friends. We were planning to go to the beach at first, but the destination was changed to Ikea in Haarlem since I might have not be able to make it. The beach was kind of far and also it was the first time for me to ride a bicycle in Amsterdam.
When I arrived at Amsterdam Centrum station to meet my friends, they had already rented a bike for me. Well, this rental bike had a pedal break instead of a handle break. This type is usual in the Netherlands, so you might need some time to practice to get used to it. I used to ride a fixied bike in Tokyo, therefore there was no problem. Dutch people are going too fast by bike and you have to be careful.
It was a beautiful day and perfect for the cycling. I started to feel little bit pain on my foot and buttocks, but I followed my friends not to be behind. They went slowly for me and it was about a four-hours round trip. I was tired but I definitely want to go again! It made me feel like “I have to get my own bike asap!”
By the way, what I bought at IKEA was this cod roe paste called “Kalles Kaviar”. I read some blogs which were written about this by Japanese people who lived outside Japan. They were saying, “You can cook ‘Tarako (Cod roe) spaghetti’ with this.” Tarako spaghetti is a Japanese style spaghetti and one of popular one.I cooked it after coming home and then,,,,
We had several hot summer days in August and it was hard to spend in a room without an air conditioner but luckily I had a fan on my ceiling and it helped me a lot. It felt good when you saw a beautiful sky even though it was hot. I rather hot summer than cold winter.
I had fun a lot and did some “summer things” in July and August, so I will write about it little by little, it is actually for myself to remember as a memory. Also I would like to share some good restaurants which I went.
First, I moved to Amsterdam North from West in the middile of July and it was a big event for me.
You can take a ferry to go to the central from North for free and it’s very convenient.
I liked Amsterdam west but I also like Noord because I can feel good vibes here.
I have been away from the blog. It was my decision to write this, so I have to continue writing. For starters after ages, I am going to upload some photos of Amsterdam which I have taken while taking some walks on last few weeks. It was hot as summer last week, but it is cooler this week. The weather changes like four seasons a day! Was summer already gone?!?!
I had a shin-nen-kai with Japanese people who lived in the Netherlands on last Sunday. It was a ladies night, which means we had a “Joshi-kai”. It was a super fun night! Ladies got together and we could talk forever as you know. ( By the way, how old can we use this word “joshi” until?)
*話に花が咲きます（はなしに はなが さきます/ Hanashi ni hana ga sakimasu.）Idiom：次から次へと話が広がる。 To engage in a lively conversation
*女子会（じょしかい/Joshi-kai）：女性だけの飲み会。 Party only for ladies
*女子（じょし/ joshi）：辞書で調べると、「女、女性、女の子」とありますが、若い女性の意味で使われることが多いです。 When you look up a dictionary, it says that this meaning is “woman, girl”. However, people usually use this word as a meaning of “young woman” and “girl”.
*会（かい/ kai）：会う、出会う、集まる/ meeting, association
というアフリカ料理のレストランでした。 The place for Shinnenkai was at an African restaurant whose name was
内装（ないそう）が素敵！食器類（しょっき・るい）がかわいい！！ Their interior was lovely! Tableware was Cute!!
店員さんの対応もいい！！！料理もとても美味しい！！！！ Staffs were friendly and gave us great services!!! All food was amazing!!!!
ということで、是非また行きたいです。 So, I would definitely love to come back there.
“Ookini, kono deai ni kansha.”( I am thankful that I could meet you.) This is a part of lyric of a song for Japanese artist which I used to work with. This phrase popped into my head many many times in this year. I am lookking forward to meeting new people in the new year as well.
※ おおきに（ookini）：関西弁の「ありがとう」/ “Thank you” in Kansai dialect
Well, today is oomisoka. I am going to do “Oosouzi” from now.
※ 大掃除（おおそうじ/ oosouji）：年末にする大きい掃除。一年の汚れを取って、新しい気持ちで新しい年を迎える準備をする。 Cleaning and tidying up in the end of year. Getting rid of all the dirt and the dust of a past year and greeting the new year with a new fresh mind.