While most of the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying their skiing season, for the Dutch with their flat lowland surrounded by many bodies of water and lack of snow, winter is the season for skating. The most popular form is speed skating, which was what my daughter was training for on this grey rainy day taken at the Jaap Eden‘s ice rink in Amsterdam. Both the weather and the activity really captured the soul of winter in this country, which suited The Daily Post Photo Challenge theme this week of “Seasons”.
The Netherlands have mild winter on average, so nothing is better than a winter when it’s cold enough that natural bodies of water will freeze and everybody can skate on frozen canals, rivers and lakes. This year, though, we have to make do with artificial ice.