Yesterday, the Dutch celebrated their national holiday King’s Day. Normally that is a day to celebrate by going out, getting together and having a drink. By turning the country into one big “garage sale” and by dressing up in orange. For a second year in a row that was impossible due to the pandemic. Again, no big events were organised and people were asked to stay at home. Last year the streets were deserted, but after more than a year of restrictions too many people did go to the parks to gather in large groups. Apparently people have a hard time following rules. We can only hope they had a good time and didn’t do too much damage. This time of the year it is also tulip season. I decided to combine that national symbol of the Dutch with that other activity that is so connected to the Dutch; cycling. I took the train to South-Holland and rented an OV-Fiets of the shared bicycle system from the railway station in Leiden. I cycled a route of nearly 40 kilometres. It had been five years since I did that last. That time I cycled with a tourist from the US, this time I cycled alone. The borders have been closed for many months, I didn’t expect any foreigners this time. And yet, there were a handful of tourists. I don’t know how they managed to get here. Apparently people have a hard time following rules. I hope they had a good time. To make sure you do not have to break any rules to see some of the beauty of the bulb flowers,. I have some pictures and a video for you in this short post. Enjoy!