This was a dream of mine that I thought "global warming" had squelched: the Amsterdam canals are freezing over in the Centrum. After years here, it's finally happened!
The whole country is going nuts over the possibility of Elfstedenocht, an ice-skating event that takes place through 11 Friesland cities, but only if the Dutch weather permits: the ice must be 15 cm thick along the whole natural route.
You have to live here to appreciate the excitement this generates. The media is already in a frenzy nightly; bets are being laid as to whether or not it will take place. The official announcement comes from The Queen. The entire nation is holding it's breath. I kid you not.