Welcome to Ruis' new blog! Here he continues (photo-)writing about his Dutch cat- and dog family, online adventures with his friends and other things that come to mind. ~ the staff.

Cycling Tour

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Tomorrow is forecast to be much cooler than today, with 80% chance on rain. So if I want to make a cycling tour with my husband then we have to do it today!

Because it was Karl’s first time on a bicycle we did a short route through Midden-Limburg (Central Limburg) — close to home, in case he got acute saddle pain, hahaha.

Ten minutes from home we came through the little white town Thorn



We followed a beautiful cycling route through forests, heath and picturesque small villages, along ven and the river Maas.

midden limburg


Soon it was time for a beer…hahahahaha.
By the way, do you see what we saw?

time for beer


A few hours later and almost home we saw the staff walking with Buzzer and Taylor.



What we are going to do tomorrow depends on the weather, but make sure to come and check it out. It is my husband’s last full day in the Netherlands!

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Amsterdam at Night

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

While getting ready for Amsterdam’s night life, we kept talking about the Sassy look-a-like. Did she time travel in Rembrandt van Rijn’s famous painting The  Night Watch (Sassy is multi tasking and capable to do everything. 😉 Or was it her ancestor?
We’ll never know the answer, so we stopped thinking about it and went out…

Amsterdam is so beautiful at night. This is the Herengracht.



And the Netherland’s capital city has so many bars. Every night is like a Saturday night!



In the second bar we visited there was a performance of a transvestite singer, she was amazing!!



On the way back to our hotel we walked through The Red Light District

red light district


The girls in the windows…

red light district


It is impossible to see all of Amsterdam’s beauty in one and a half day. We had to go home…, we promised the staff to be back in Limburg tonight.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

We had a relative quiet weekend. The only SHORT excitement was that Gucci brought a mouse inside and let it escape in the kitchen. Immediately the mouse ran under the cooker and because Gucci and I are too big, Korenna made herself small and went half under the cooker and did deter the mouse. It worked! He ran back in the kitchen and in one quick move I caught him. I went outside and gave Karl a demonstration mouse playing — the staff was horrified and thought I killed the little guy… hey, you know me, I am a gentle mancat! But Marlene ruined the game when she saw the mouse moving its leg. She carefully picked him up and RELEASED him in the park next to our house, where he ran away. Game OVER!

Early this morning we packed and after breakfast the staff brought us to the train station in Roermond from where we took the train to Amsterdam. We started in the Rijksmuseum, and there is so much to see that we stayed there the whole day!

Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch looked different in real than we remembered from photos…

night watch room


…MUCH different! That black cat… looks like SASSY!!!!



Outside the museum and after seeing lots of other masterpieces we were still talking about the little black cat on The Nigh Watch. I think we have to ask our friend about her ancestors.



After dinner and back in our hotel, we changed clothes and got ready for the night life…

We show you those photos tomorrow! 🙂

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Karl & Ruis in the Netherlands

Friday, June 13, 2008

After fourteen days honeymoon where no cat but us has gone before we came back home! Well, I am home, my husband Karl stays with me here for a week before he goes back to Arizona. Next to some R&R I’ll show him around in our country.

… Limburg here we come!!

delta flyer arrives


Finally we set foot on planet Earth again– Bubbles welcomed us.

delta flyer landed


While we hugged my kitty- brothers and sisters and Taylor & Buzzer, the staff brought our suitcases inside. And after a refreshment and light snack we first took a nap… and dreamt about The Furry Fighter.

a nap


Our friend Stormie, a very brave kitty, a fighter, a winner, has just crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

We only have our memories of our sisters Anastasia and Miral, and my brothers Ralph and Wiebe. And now also from you, Stormie… But in our dreams we see you, talk to you and can touch you all! Until we’ll meet again…



Our nap was longer than we had intended so we had to hurry and change clothes before we went out.

Last week the European Football (soccer) Championship started and Monday night the Netherlands defeated Italy with a 3-0 victory.

Tonight it is Netherlands vs France, and Karl and I were going to the local bar to watch the game on a big screen, in orange…



After a few beer, Karl was ready to pose his full outfit, hahahahahahahaha.
Update 10:40 PM CEST: And it was not for nothing… we WON again!!! Wohaaaa, 4-1 for the Netherlands!!

karl in orange


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Arrival honeymooners delayed…

Friday, June 13, 2008

To honor our friend Miss Storm and her family, the arrival of the Delta Flyer with our honeymooners Karl and Ruis has been delayed until this afternoon (3:30 PM CEST). Please, come back when the couple has landed!


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