Although I said I would write about the charity event that our school in organizing, since that topic has already been covered I figured I'd write about Dutch culture instead and my experience with it.
One of the first things that you will notice when coming to the Netherlands is the gigantic amount of bikes we have.
I personally hate riding the bike and the feeling is mutual, since every time I ride a bike I fall or bump into something.
This Monday was perfect of example of my misfortune as we had to go mountain biking in the Amsterdam Forest with P.E.( no we don’t actual mountains in the Netherlands). As P.E. is mandatory I could not skip this class.
As we were practicing people were complaining about how useless the helmets were and we did some games like who can drive slowest. And I started to cycle in the forest I got a little more confident.
As we were past the half, I was little too fast and the person riding the bike in front of me a little too slow I somehow fell breaking, landing in poison ivy and thorny plants and the bike falling on top of me. I was extremely glad I was wearing my helmet at the moment.
As I got up I just continued driving ignoring the sting on my right arm, but when I looked down at it I was speechless. I not a good reaction to the poison ivy. My whole arm was covered in bumps, my classmates were just as shocked as I was. They kindly helped me get dandelions since they help against the bumps caused by poison ivy.
As the bumps were gone there were still scratches and bruises and it wasn’t until the next day that I noticed that my ankle was swollen, so the conclusion of the story: I’m not getting on a bicycle anytime soon.
Even though we might do stuff I don’t really like with P.E. once in a while, it’s a good way to socialize with your classmates and to stay fit for free. And I definitely like the way HES thinks outside of the box. We go squashing and play DDR which was just awesome and there were lots of other fun activities to do. Mountain biking was just not my thing!