To feel the suspense you have to be Dutch, but I'll try to explain. When it's freezing, like the past two weeks, everybody in Holland gets the skating-itch. And when it's really freezing cold everybody gets super excited because of the 'Elfstedentocht'(eleven cities tour). That's a race or a journey of 200 kilometers over frozen canals, rivers and lakes along 11 villages in Friesland. The thickness of the ice has to be 15 centimeters and the 'rayonhoofden', the heads of the eleven regions, have to measure the ice and decide: is it a go or not. So when the 'region heads' are in consult the suspense is killing.
|walking on ice... there's allways the suspense... is it strong enough?|