Hail isn't a very common form of precipitation. I would guess that large hail storms are probably as rare as blizzards or tornados. Last night, it hailed for 7 minutes. Again, this was large hail; roughly marble-sized, and it hailed so hard that the street was white within seconds. Amsterdam was cluttered with the unfamiliar sound of metal being furiously pockmarked, mixed with the shrieks of surprised, drunken Dutch girls.

Hail is exciting, and feels a bit apocalyptic. In the two years I've been in Holland, I've only seen it hail like that one other time.

Both times, I have been on my bike.

That's pretty shitty luck.