Holland away


Gabe returned safely from the trip to Utrecht. He picked up a man-of-the-match award in the first game, although he said he had trouble keeping his eyes open. The first night in the hostel had been uproarious. One group of boys was climbing out of a window onto a roof; another group (in Gabe’s room) joking and guffawing into the early hours. Flights home for the transgressors were booked until a change of heart and things calmed down thereafter. The trips to theme park, water-park and Utrecht stadium appeared as memorable as the games. It seems to have been a successful venture.


BOOM [said loudly and in a slightly strangulated voice]

This is Robin’s new word of exclamation. It’s ubiquitous. We don’t seem to be able to beat it, so we’re joining it.


Eliza busies herself making bracelets out of small rubber bands, which are then given or swapped with friends. It ticks a lot of boxes in terms of her interests: dexterous finger-work, artistic combination of colours and jewelry.



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