My over enthusiastic friends coaxed me to go ice skating on a chilly cold night in Amsterdam. Ice skating – I was somehow not intrigued by it since I knew it would be cold anyways and why would I want the ice under me.
When we left from home it was raining which was not a good sign! We still went to the place. It was a open Ice skating ring outdoor next to the rijsmuseum. There was a pool of water in the ring but it was surrounded by trees covered with Christmas lights. The ring was lit with bright coloured light. I immediately jumped into buying a ticket and renting a skating shoe along with Ambuj, my all time energetic friend.
The beginners start with holding a chair. So we stepped into the ring with a chair. Boy, it was slippery. I saw people beside me sway they way past me with grace. I envied them and looked at them with awe. Not only adults but also kids were skating really well. It was raining but seeing the kids skate i got a new energy in me. My hands were hurting because of holding the chair tight.
I saw Ambuj skate without the chair. I must do something to leave the chair but what.
When I was busy thinking this i fell into the pool of water on ice- which was at 0 deg. It was horrible. But i still continued with taking short breaks. Ambuj told me to leave the chair and skate – duh , no way. I am not leaving the chair. He urged me to leave it and we both held hands and skated for a while. It was easy because the center of mass had a larger area to distribute upon so chances of falling are less. I had a nice time without the chair. We both fell down once.
I stared skating independently without a chair or human support. :DI fell down again but i was no longer afraid of falling down. Ambuj skated too fast and skid in the ice real bad.Vishnu joined us after our friend left. Vishnu was rather skating like on a skater board pushing it with one leg and falling down when it stops. In the end we decided it was time to leave. Our clothes were dripping wet. We caught a tram to marnixstraat. We were shivering when we entered the hotel ‘murugan’. Had a sumptuous meal. The toughest part was to reach home. It was chilly 7 deg outside and windy too. We were all trembling and decided we will never go iceskating when it is raining. But the whole sport was so much fun we decided to make it there more often and aim for playing ice hockey one day 😛