Sunday morning…a very lazy Sunday morning.
Summer arrived in The Netherlands. It’s very warm out here. Temperatures went up to over 30°C, but thunderstorms will be chasing away the heat today.
It’s too warm to be outside, so it’s a perfect time to write a blog.
Coffee sorted with a slice of ‘ontbijtkoek’.
Ontbijtkoek, literally translated breakfast cake, is a spiced cake, often spiced with cloves, cinnamon, ginger, succade and nutmeg. It’s one of the Dutch treats I send over to Robb every now and then. There’s a story to tell about the ‘ontbijtkoek’… Last year I went to Belfast with a friend. In Amsterdam when we were waiting to go on the plane, we saw our suitcases go into the plane. It was a good flight and we arrived at the airport in Belfast, went through customs and waited for our suitcases. My friend’s suitcase was there pretty soon, but mine wasn’t. We kept waiting but my suitcase never came. Every passenger on the plane had already left and I felt slightly stressed out, because we saw our suitcases go into the plane in Amsterdam and I was worried that it would go back to Amsterdam on the next flight… We asked a customs officer and while we were talking to her, my suitcase suddenly came up on the baggage carousel…
While walking towards the exit we saw some customs officers looking at us and I was wondering what was going on. When we came closer one of the customs officers asked us to come along.
Mmm…I didn’t have anything to hide and knew I didn’t take anything with me that wasn’t allowed, but still it got me slightly nervous… After being asked the regular questions of why we were visiting the country and if we took things with us for someone, I had to open my suitcase. I looked at the code on my suitcase and saw it was still the same as when I left it at the airport in Amsterdam. Somehow I remembered those numbers. That kind of relieved me because that meant no one had messed with my suitcase… I opened my suitcase and the customs officer went looking into the things I took with me. At some point she took out a pack of ontbijtkoek…and said ‘Oh, alright, this is what they saw on the x-ray’… Here’s a picture of the ontbijtkoek…
I just couldn’t help it and I started to laugh! The ontbijtkoek had shown up as if it could have been drugs… Keeping in mind the shape of the packs of ontbijtkoek and the fact that we came with a flight from Amsterdam, I can understand why we were asked to open our suitcases at customs.
The customs officer laughed about it too, she said it looked really nice and asked me what was in the cake. For some reason I said about the stupidest thing you can say being in a situation like that….”There’s cinnamon in the cake, don’t worry, it’s no space cake”…
It was out before I knew it…while thinking about the comment I just made and wondering why I even said that, I looked at the customs officer. Thankfully the customs officer started laughing about that comment and wished us a great stay.
This story probably will follow me forever. Jokes are still being made about it and in conversations ‘ontbijtkoek’ is being called ‘drug bread’ 😉
It’s been very busy behind the scenes. So busy, that I didn’t have time to write a blog last week. Time for an update now!
Robb did some serious clothes shopping… Animal costumes…
Just in case you missed it…here are some videos he posted on social media in the past two weeks… Some people think he has a new hobby, others are slightly worried about him… I’m just wondering what’s next…
Most things for the tour of The Netherlands in October are sorted now. Flights are booked and a car is sorted. We’re looking forward to the tour!
Robb performed for Q Radio’s Roadshow at Ballymoney In The Park last week Saturday and last but not least, The Darker Side (Acoustic) was released.
A while ago Robb performed The Darker Side on The Arts Show (BBC). Here’s a link to the video of that performance.
The Darker Side – The Arts Show – BBC
Robb received great feedback about his performance and decided to record an acoustic version of The Darker Side. You can stream and download the song here:
Time to finish this long blog. Just like so many other people we will have some time off this summer. Things will most likely be quiet behind the scenes and I probably won’t be writing many blogs, unless there’s news to share. I’ll leave you with a picture that sums up what happened behind the scenes in the past few weeks. Have a great summer!Follow @kirsten124