Finally made it to Holland. A bit of a change from the 45 degree heat in Oman but it's great to be here. Staying with cousins Ted and Angela in Uithoorn, just south of Amsterdam; yesterday their delightful daughter Sophie came visiting with her partner Phillip. Here we are on a walk in the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest): from left, Phillip, Sophie, Angela and Ted, with Beertje ("Little Bear"). Next month I'm going to Sophie's graduation from the music conservatory in Arnhem. Last night's cultural experience, however, was watching the Eurovision Song Contest on telly. The Dutch entry, Douwe Bob, placed a mere 11th. Oh well.