Local Heart, Global Soul

November 3, 2015

A Beautiful City, A Tragic Event…

Filed under: LIFE,Nijmegen,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

At the beginning of this year I went into hospital for another operation on my foot.

I mentioned that fact in various posts but not the location of the hospital because I was still a patient, undergoing follow-up appointments.

Now I have finished there and my treatment is ongoing between two other hospitals closer to home. I also now feel free to blog about the city where this hospital is located (but not the actual hospital name) and to talk about this region of the Netherlands. My operation was far from home and Himself and I were posed with a difficulty: I wanted Himself to be at the hospital with me on the day of my surgery, and knew that the kids were worried about me, but that having the kids sit waiting around for hours between the pre-op stuff and later when I would be ready for visitors was not ideal.

Fortunately help was at hand in the form of most excellent friends, who offered to accompany us across the country, stay at the same hotel and look after our kids on the day, and any time we needed during the first days.

The city we were travelling to was Nijmegen (pronounced: Neigh may g(h)en… the last “g”should be said as a cross between an “g” and an “h”). Although technically our seven seater car could transport both families, the addition of the sixth and seventh seat means that 90% of the boot space is lost, thus luggage becomes a problem, so our brilliant friends hired a car and we traveled together across  the Netherlands to this lovely Dutch city located only a few kilometers from the German border. Photographs were take at various times over all my visits….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On the visit after this photo was taken, two teenage girls were taking a shortcut through this park next to the main road into town… a thunderstorm broke out and the friends sheltered under one of the trees from the storm. They were both killed by the bolt of lightening the hit the tree they were taking shelter beneath. We arrived about 36 hours after it happened and there were many bunches of flowers on the ground left by locals in memory of two young souls, lives cut short. (I didn’t take photographs on that occasion).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a large building on the way out of town, driving past it looks for all the world like they are building an aircraft in there…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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