We walked to the Centrum where a pedestrian only area of shops abound. One shih tzu pooch road in a woven basket laced with purple flowers at the front of his owner’s bicycle. Three pomeranians perched behind mesh in their tented wagon. Large dogs were left tied outside establishments where their owners browsed or followed some on lead others not behind their peeps. Our golden lab, unused to the busy place, pulled to greet each canine. When Argos choked himself, a lady urged my son to give the dog more space to roam. We have definitely landed in KingDogdom.
Lunch was Italian with Spaghetti Carbonara for me (a portion for each boy), and two pizzas for the boys. The pizzas are thin and the pepperoni spicy. The ham was a thinly sliced round four inches wide, topped with full-circle slices of pineapple. Argos sat under table till the rain came, and then we were all moved inside. I slipped out to purchase whichever bare essentials I could locate in the grocery maze. It is a bit overwhelming to see no English and nothing I could even identify using my limited German, French and Italian. Is that clothes softener or dish soap?
Euro-scoop ice cream atop small waffle cones in hazelnut, vanilla, and stracciatella (chocolate slivers) was the dessert of choice as we meandered home.
I’m going to like living here.
Kristin King is an author who recently relocated to The Netherlands (which includes Holland). Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.