Be warned, the Netherlands is not all that it seems (plus it's a lot like it seems)
24/08/2006 19 °C
OK then let's start with some facts:
- 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 and on the left is Ben. 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 Dad was born (and his Opa Hengel and his Opa Opa Hengel built it... you get the picture)
- 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.
- 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.