Two weeks ago, my friend Kim and I got up extra early, found our way to a gas station on an autobahn outside of Cologne, hopped on a bus and drove to the Netherlands.
We were on our way to the Keukenhof tulip festival.
After a 5 hour drive, the view from the bus began to change.
That part wasn’t fun.
One thing is for sure, the gardens are beautiful.
I had planned to pack a lunch for our day trip but the 5:30 wake-up call was early enough- we bought our lunches at the Keukenhof.
Later on in the day, we also bought a Dutch sweet.
Although the Keukenhof gardens were beautiful, after a couple of hours we were both feeling a bit irritated by the crowds and needed some space to move.
My friend Kim is a beautiful person, both inside and out. She really has a way to make everyone feel calm, comfortable and beautiful. Even a photo-shy person like me was able to relax while Kim took flower photos.
“You need to have photos of you too,” she said. “20 years from now a bunch of photos of flowers won’t matter, but the way you looked as a 25 year old who lived in Germany and travelled to Dutch tulip fields will matter.
When I was in 8th grade, my mom and I went to Whidbey Island, Washington to visit my Aunt Bev.
While there, on the same Palm Sunday weekend only 11 years earlier, my mom, aunt and I went to the tulip fields of Skagit Valley.
Seeing the tulip fields in Washington is still one of my favorite memories, and sorry to say it Keukenhof, but the Skagit fields have you beat.
In honor of family ties, here are a few photos from the day that reminded me of my family back home.
So, there you have it. Although the Keukenhof tulip festival was a sight to be seen, it was hard to enjoy the sights due to the hordes of people.
Regardless, I still had a wonderful day with a fantastic friend, and that’s all that really matters.