Sometimes it is not clear if I am floating on land or water. This country is so amazingly engineered. We knew for sure that we were on water because the land fell away below us. The dykes hold the water back and the ground is below sea level.
This landscape is what I love so much about this place. Totally flat, the horizon is broken by reeds and the sky holds the potential of cloud mountains. Water and earth blend, rich farmland emerges. 20 minutes north of the city and the space of sky dominates. The houses are infinitely smaller in scale and hug the ground, the environment is all water and sky. Being able to see beyond that house, this tree... to have distance and views, urban intimacy gives me cravings for those.
|Zuiderwoude church in the distance|