Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Bit of Dutch Culture

By Ivy

Being in country for about 3 days now, we've already gotten to experience some important aspects of Dutch life: pickled herring, multiple modes of transportation, wooden shoes, and tulips...

We tried pickled herring at the Thursday market. 5 fish for 5 euro... who could pass up a deal like that? You put the money in a bucket, pull out your change (honor system, not sure that would work in the States). You select your fish from a neat arrangement of pre-gutted masterpieces, lined up and waiting for their turn to slide down an eager gullet. Once the proper carcass is chosen, it is slopped into a pile of chopped onions, sufficiently jeweling the entire body. Then, tilt your head back as you eat it, head first. Surprisingly not fishy, it's the texture that's a bit repulsive... but I can see how it could become an acquired taste, maybe with a bit of bread....


We've taken just about every possible means of transport here... except one... the elusive bicycle... bicycles are rampant around here... you literally fall over them walking down the sidewalk... now if only I could find one to purchase instead of fall over....

Wooden shoes and tulips were seen in the same area... the Keukenhof garden... it's a 32 hectare garden with probably any type of tulip ever seen, smelled, or thought of. The extent of the tulip gene library held in their walls was incredible. As we stumbled upon the windmill overlooking the tulip fields, some people broke out in traditional Dutch dance in wooden shoes... it was all coming together....


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