All was quiet after the first concert in a small village in Limburg on Tuesday 20th April 2010. The Icelandic volcanic eruption had stilled the skies after all airports had shut down on this part of Northern Europe. Even the southern-most province in the Netherlands saw clear skies, free of airplane trails.
We were running on empty — of both petrol and food — as we searched first for a gas station to “tank up.”
It’s the hilly part of the Netherlands where spoken Dutch is noticeably different from the north. Robert had spent at least 7 years of his life studying and playing music in this region. The roads and scenery were familiar to him.
I paused to point to one of many old churches that tower over the small villages and towns.
Occasionally a magnificent mansion protruded from gentle rolling fields. We made several U-turns before we spotted a gas station. Our 1.2 Renault Clio commanded nearly 60 euros of petrol.
After the car was fed, it was time to feed us. What could be open at 5:30 pm?
It made sense to give at least two concerts when it takes 2 hours to drive from Utrecht each way. I insisted that we do a Limburg tour spanning several days next time, like the forthcoming September tour of Zeeland, the southwestern-most province in the Netherlands.