The Wageningen students’ sports association Thymos organised a wadloop for students on Monday 11 June. Eighteen people of six different nationalities went to Holwerd in Friesland, the starting point of the 13.5 kilometre walk to the island of Ameland.
‘The first bit was through an enormous area of mud, where lots of people got stuck and fell over. The upshot: students completely covered from head to toe in mud and lots of laughter. Our guide, a striking man with long silver-grey hair, knew lots about the wad and stopped us regularly to look at all sorts of things like wad spiders, wad snails and shrimps. He also opened oysters for us to eat, but only Ramona, from Germany, was brave enough to try one. We were really lucky with the weather: it was sunny, not too hot and hardly any wind. So it didn’t matter when we ended up in a gully that was so deep that the shorter people had to walk with their bags above their heads,’ Djûke van der Maat of Thymos describes the day.
The good atmosphere was helped along by two bottles of sun cream. But even though everyone rubbed lots in, some calves got burned.