On march 14, 1999 we
celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary
We are a family of four people living in the quiet little
village of Den Ilp, 3 miles north of the center of Amsterdam.
We live in a county called Waterland because half the country
is covered with water and even the land is not very
solid. You can say we live in a swamp. There is solid ground
but it's 9 meters below our house. We live 1.5 meters below
sea level and we are protected from the sea by dikes. When the
sea rises in a storm and at high tide we are 8 meters below
sea level. In our country 10,000,000 people live below sea
level. The lowest parts of the country are 8 meters below sea
level and they are dangerously close to the sea. The entire
country is the delta of the rivers Rhine and Maas. The country
owes it's wealth to the rivers. Rotterdam is the main port for
all the goods going in and out of Germany. Our country is
flat, very flat, as flat as a pancake we say.
Our hobby's are
canoeing, kayaking, swimming and ice skating.
Den Ilp is part of Landsmeer where you can find a fine quiet
campsite on a small lake at 4 km distance by bus 171 and 172
from Amsterdam Central Station.
A 255Kb map of
the campsite and Den Ilp can be found