what another beautiful day here in my neighborhood! just perfect fall weather... sunny, cool, crisp. and it's just so wonderful living out here in the east, with all the trees and peat farms and dirt roads. ah, holland.
i took my bike on a backroad into hengelo, trying to avoid the busy, noisy hengelosestraat, the road i usually take to get into town. i discovered a little road that's sometimes dirt and sometimes paved, and crosses a canal. i saw that apple orchard again and some very happy, milk-laden cows chomping on some sweet clover. so peaceful.
when i got to hengelo, my plan was to go to the market. (wednesdays and saturdays are market days here in hengelo.) i wanted to find some crisp apples to go with my nutella (mmmm... nutellaaaaaa....), and also some more tomatoes for some pasta for dinner tonight. but when i got to town, the market wasn't there! instead, the whole city center had been transformed into an amusement park! how fun!
apparently, there are these companies that circulate through the netherlands, and so about twice a year they come to your town and set up a veritable amusement park where you can go on rides, eat junk food, and win plastic crap and stuffed animals holding big hearts. i walked down the street that i'm hoping we'll get to live on, and there was a ferris wheel right outside our window! though it was cute and looked fun, i'm also kinda glad that it only comes to town twice a year, or maybe it wouldn't be so much fun to live there...
anyway, no such market. so went to albert heijn again to buy just a few apples and a couple of croissants and some yummy chocolate.
ps, speaking of the market: something i've been thinking about lately, though, is how much i love local markets. especially this time of year, when everything is ripe and beautiful. i've been thinking a lot about this spinach-e-coli thing back home, and it really makes me sad actually. huge fields of spinach that will go to waste because it was destined to be processed in a big factory. tons and tons of spinach at the store that won't be purchased or eaten, that's just going to be thrown out. meanwhile there are people around the world STARVING. so much waste, just for a small percentage of people who got food poisoning. i think i heard on the news it was less than 150 people who got sick in the entire country of 300 million. (maybe the numbers have changed since i heard that... the bbc really doesn't report on this outbreak.) anyway, it just seems so ridiculous to me to be so paranoid about something that's so good for you, and it really upsets me that we're so dependant on mass-produced food. so go out and support your local farmer! shop at your farmers' market! eat locally grown produce! the spinach at the local market is good and fresh and e-coli free!