Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Running in Amsterdam: the Active city

I just got back from a few days in Amsterdam. Wow, what an active city. Bicycles everywhere, people running and walking everywhere. It does this runner's heart good to see so many active people. And they were out rain or shine (and boy did it rain!). It makes me very jealous that I don't live in a city that is accessible by bike or foot the way that Amsterdam was.

But, it does make me determined to figure out a way to bike to and from school and at least do some errands that way. When I get back, I'm going to get myself a bike so I can start cross-training. It's been too long in coming.

I got in two runs over the 3 days, both in Vondelpark and partly by the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. As running scenes go, you can't do much better than passing the Van Gogh and Rijkmuseum. Below are more pictures from the park and the two museums I passed.


Vondelpark in the rain

One of many dedicated runners in Vondelpark in the rain

Van Gogh museum



Susan said...

I've been there. Gorgeous indeed!

ShirleyPerly said...

Thanks for the sharing the photos! I love hearing about places like that where lots of runners and cyclists abound. Cool that you'll be riding a bike soon too!!

Petraruns said...

Oh man! That brings back some Amsterdam marathon memories. Are you having a good time? Have you sampled some of the appeltaart? Poffertjes? There's some good food to be had...