Netherlands 4 June: Amsterdam - Nijmegen

Happiness and Happinez

Children from the Van der Muelen Vastwijkschool getting ready for...

...the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run!

250 kids gathered in the hall

Silence is peace

The Torch brings out the smiles!

The children were really cute and adorable. We had a great time!

The teachers also seemed happy.

The principal from the school told a local newspaper, "The message of the Peace Run really touched the children. When the runners left the school we felt their visit was a great stimulus."

On to the next school.

14 rules made by Holland's most famous sportsman: Johan Cruijff.

Great hair-do!

High-fives at the Hobbedob school in Weesp.

Several children from the neighbouring school De Terp spontaneously joined in.

Guess where Uhaina is from...

We really like this picture!

Great friends.

Together for peace.

Into the beautiful town of Naarden-Vesting.

There we visited the office of Happinez Magazine, a household name in The Netherlands.

Happinez is a beautifully designed magazine whose content focuses strongly on spirituality and conscious living. They have an estimated readership of half a million people.

We gave a presentation to the editors of the magazine.

Eveline - adjunct editor-in-chief - received a Torch Bearer Award on behalf of the whole Happinez team for their great work to spread peace, harmony and goodness through the content of their magazine.

Happy, happier, Happinez.

When we entered the centre of Amersfoort the clouds greeted us with rain.

The inclement weather didn't deter the mayor from showing his support for the Peace Run.

Presenting the letter from Herman Van Rompuy.

Igniting the fire in front of the Tower of Our Dear Lady.

The beautiful door has just been renovated and renewed. It depicts an image of Mother Mary and shows episodes of her life.

Amersfoort is the location of the geographical centre of The Netherlands.

Also present at the ceremony was Simon Kolkman, a former Olympic silver medallist and world champion in rowing. He brought his children along.

This tower houses a carillon, which played the Peace Run Song in honour of our visit. Amersfoort houses one of the only two professional carillon schools in the world. The other one is in Belgium.

The carillon player held the Torch. His rendition of the Peace Run song was superb.

Amersfoort is a lovely town.

The rain continued, but could not stop us.

Eventually we reached Nijmegen, where we stayed at my mum's house.