We spent last weekend at Gaasterland an area in Friesland which is a province in the northern part of the Netherlands. This area is quite close to the famous ice skating ring Thialf where lots of important ice skating matches are organized. This is the location where we saw the World Championship Distances last year, however we've never ice skated there before. We arrived at the ice rink a little after eleven exactly at the moment the ice was being maintained, so we had to wait a couple of minutes before we could start. The ice itself was of very good quality, better than what we are used to in De Uithof at The Hague. The 400 meter track was a lot wider compared to the one at De Uithof, so this was an improvement as well. We enjoyed ourselves a lot and I ended up skating 75 laps (30 kilometers). I'm slowly starting to get used to my new skates, so I look forward to next weekend. For Fenneke this was the first time she skated since the previous ice skating season, so she had to get used to it again. After a few laps she started to get the hang of it again and it went very well.
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