Local Heart, Global Soul

November 21, 2015

Not Let Loose On The Highway, But Well On A Segway…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch and a young neighbourhood friend stayed at the Landal Colderhoven holiday park in the Veluwe during the “Pinksteren”, (Pentecost) long weekend earlier this year.

We chose a location in the Veluwe for it’s walking and cycling opportunities and a Landal Park because we knew that there would be a restaurant, swimming pool, play area, snack bar, and other facilities enough to keep the kids happy.

My only wish was for internet connection in case it poured rain and a bedroom in the ground floor of the holiday house, which in this instance is easy because it’s a bungalow (one floor) house anyway.

The kids are then in a safe area where they can ride their bikes and run round to their hearts content, there is a lawn area outside the house where they played football and badminton, and general “space” with trees where they can burn off energy.

While they are busy doing that I can rest most of the time and everyone is happy. Kiwi Daughter is at bit of a disadvantage however, since Little Mr has a friend his own age to play with and she doesn’t. There was one activity on offer that she was bursting to do: an outing on a Segway.

Himself went to Reception to see if it was possible and was in luck, there was one solitary place left in the entire weekend’s bookings and Kiwi Daughter could have it.

There is an age restriction which Little Mr and his friend were too young to comply with, but she met, so there were also no tears from Little Mr and friend that they couldn’t go too. It wasn’t cheap, but we live simply during the year and save for treats like this, so once in a while it’s worth doing something fun. Kiwi Daughter was nervous in the beginning but quickly got the hang of it, and after a training lesson with the rest of the group, they all disappeared for a tour around the greater area of the park. Two ladies in the group were particularly entertaining, shrieking and making comments loudly as they learned how to stop and start, and it was they that we heard laughing, egging each other on and shrieking as the group containing our daughter Segway’d their way down one of the paths into the forest.

An hour later the group were back, beaming from ear to ear as they relished their achievement and it was clear to see that Kiwi Daughter had enjoyed every single second of her adventure. A grin like that makes it completely worth the price. Lots of lovely photographs for the family album. Both Himself and I had to admit we were rather jealous! Our “I-hate-hugs-girl” even gave us each a hug, she was so over the moon!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the “exuberant” ladies getting some tips (complete with shrieks and funny exclamations)…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have no idea how the instructor kept a straight face, almost nobody else did…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Kid and Adult sized Segways…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

4 Comments »

  1. What fun! I had a short try on a segway many years ago and struggled to keep it in a straight line, but I’m sure I’d have got the hang of it if I’d had more time.

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — November 21, 2015 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

    • Elaine,

      The trainers spent a good amount of time teaching the group how to control it, and Kiwi Daughter and the smallest people had a smaller sized Segway too. Apparently they were good trainers because they checked each “student” and corrected everything they saw doing not quite right,

      They all went of into the forest totally in control and Kiwi daughter said there were quite a few difficult spots to negotiate but their guide talked each one through those bit by bit and they all managed to negotiate the route.

      Kiwi Daughter also added that the two character ladies had a few choice phrases when they wobbled and would then spend the next five minutes apologizing to the group before starting to loose control and repeating the cycle. all was done loudly with lots of shrieks, squeals and laughter so the two ladies were added entertainment that everyone enjoyed as much as the Seqway ride!

      Comment by kiwidutch — November 22, 2015 @ 10:13 am | Reply

      • They sound like excellent trainers, and just what I would hope to have if I have another segway opportunity in the future. It was only a little taster session I had, in a confined space and we just had a couple of minutes each to have a go. The character ladies sound hilarious!

        Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — November 22, 2015 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

        • Elaine,
          Yes the character ladies were total entertainment, as the group left the Reception area and disappeared into the forest we could still hear them lol! Lots of people were grinning and laughing, it was working class no-holds-barred-no-fancy-genteelisms Dutch at it’s best! Kiwi Daughter said they were really kind, as the youngest kid there they kept an eye on her and if she slipped back towards the end of the group they were very quick to loudly let the guide know until she caught back to towards the front again. Very rough around the edges but complete hearts of gold sort of people.

          I sooo hope you get to have a longer and better go at a Segway, to say that Kiwi Daughter loved the experience was an understatement, she talked about it constantly!

          Comment by kiwidutch — November 23, 2015 @ 9:23 am | Reply


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