One minute on the beach on the west coast.

Island Stories #26: A one-minute video to briefly feel like living on this island.

Let me take you for one minute to the beach on the west side of the island.

This beach is always quiet and beautiful in every season. I love everything about going here. It is a twenty-minute bike ride from home through the villages of Haamstede and Burgh, followed by a route through the inland dunes and then the forest. Finally, it is another fifteen-minute walk through the last sea dunes and over the beach from where I park my bike.

I enjoy watching the seagulls, feel the wind in my hair, and often find colorful shells. Regular visitors will notice the changes in the shapes of the dunes compared to last year; it is a dynamic landscape, the frontline of the defense of land against the sea.

The story of this island began not far from here, some 4000 years ago. I may tell you about it in another newsletter. But, for now, take one minute to forget about where you are, and imagine being here, on the west coast of Schouwen-Duiveland, in the Dutch province of Zeeland.

You may have noticed that I posted today later than usual; I will go back to the posting at 7 am Eastern Time (instead of 1 am), as I did before leaving Ottawa in early June.


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