Be warned, the Netherlands is not all that it seems (plus it's a lot like it seems)
29.08.2006 19 °C
OK then let's start with some facts:
(I forgot to put this in earlier but remembered today when I had some lolly and realised it was much too salty)
- The Netherlands are home to possibly the world's largest collection of salt based confectionary. When looking for lollies be warned: try one first because when you get that bag of goodies back home, no doubt they will be salty and disgusting. As usual the dutchies love them
- There are tonnes of people in the Netherlands that are huge and by huge I mean massive. On the right is Gijs, I am staying at his house and he was a school friend of my dad's. On the left is Ben, his son. Ben lives in the house behind us, luckily only the door is really low
- People really do wear clogs and not just for ceremonial purposes, but for everyday life. Milking the cows, going to tractor pulls (more on this later on) and going to the shops, just knocking about, anything
For the record this old dude is the bloke who now owns the farm where my dad was born (and his dad and his dad's dad built it... you get the picture). The guy on the right bought it off my Opa before they left the Netherlands for Australia
- People ride bikes everywhere. They go on special cycling holidays where they drive somewhere just to ride their bike around. They love bikes so much they even have them in their coal mines
- There are tonnes of cows. Apparently the Dutch eat about 16kg of cheese per person per year and that milk has gotta come from somewhere. They love milk so much that you can buy this stuff called "Karne Milk" which is basically a carton of sour milk, not the best tasting stuff but they love it
Secondly, some lesser know facts about the Netherlands:
- They have their own fair share of LARGE attractions. For example near Achterveld there is the egg:
Please note that I had to ride a bike to get there
There is also the giant cigar:
Please note that is not just a turd with a cigar label in a plastic tube.
- There are lots of funny signs and street names
Literal translation, "Middle Arse Way"
Literal translation, "Ass Chatter Way"
I completely understand why the dog on the sign has a big smile, he just took a dump on someones neat, freshly cut grass.
- Playing the family card game "Skip-Bo" with my mum's elderly aunt and uncle in Terwinslen (southern Netherlands) when the CD we are listening to (which sounded a lot like a dutch version of Kevin "Bloody" Wilson) began playing the song "Livin' Next Door to Alice" in dutch except for one line in english, "who the f*** is Alice". I found it very difficult to not laugh out loud, lucky they don't speak english
- Driving down a street in Kerkrade where one side of the street is the Netherlands and the other is Germany. Street signs on side were Dutch and the other German
- Going to a tractor pull. Not the kind where two tractors battle it out but one where a suped up tractor pulls a massive sled in the dirt. This bad boy had 4 jet engines on it
The winners of each division we driven around on the dias in front of all the spectators.
- Visiting the Dutch "Alps" and the highest point in the Netherlands, a staggering 322.5 metres above sea level.
- Going to some museum and finding this old dutch supermarket product