Ice Skating in Haarlem

We’ve been meaning to go ice skating as soon as the winter season hit but it’s been a bit difficult. For the first time in our lives, both as singles and a couple, Sander and I have had a social life. We’ve been busy every weekend with either date plans or family plans. This past weekend we decided that procrastination would not get the better of us.

The trip out to Haarlem and our destination, Kunstijsbaan Kennemerland, was short and in no time we were strapped into our boots. If you don’t have a pair of skates you can always rent them. Sander’s parents provided us with a pair. The rental line was pretty long though so we were thankful for the free pair.

It’s been at least 10 years since I had last been on the ice rink! Things were a bit rocky. Thank goodness, I didn’t fall because I had Sander to cling to. It was fun and refreshing to feel the cold against my face and the sound of the ice under foot. Sander’s pace was faster than mine so he left me a few times to take a solo round.

The last time Sander had taken to the ice was back in high school. Around that time they made the rink semi-covered. There’s also a middle section for parents and children who cannot keep the faster pace of those on the outer rink. That’s not to say that we did not have children on the fast lanes, because we did! Some of the children were so fast, that it seemed like skating was as easy as walking.

The rink is open until March and then it will be closed until next season. I know that we had lots of fun this time around and we will definitely go again this coming winter!

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  • Reply
    Mel & Suan
    January 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Oooh, the last time we skated for more than 10 years ago too! There used to be the 11 city skating race (elf tochten). Wonder if the canals and rivers froze sufficiently this year for it to take place…

    • Reply
      January 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      They did not! Everyone was so disappointed in it… It’s just too warm here right now

      • Reply
        Mel & Suan
        January 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        Oh no! Climate change has sure made the weather crazy!

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