Hello from Kijkduin.
Moe and Joe (left foot, right foot) and bus number twenty-three took me to another North Sea beach called Kijkduin. It was cold but there were some die-hards walking near the shoreline, and along the dunes. I stayed back and admired them until I found a restaurant that was warm and cozy inside.
There are many restaurants that are open year around, and the one I chose, Ketje’s Mix, was full of people eating and drinking.
Everyone walked in with coats, scarves, gloves and boots, but took them off inside where it was relaxing after being in the brisk wind.
I know there are millions upon millions of tiny sea shells down on the sand, because I have picked many up from other years, so today, I didn’t make the trip down to the shore. Instead, I looked down and found a few in the sand near the tall grass. That was enough to make my day.
Then, I don’t remember this is the past, but I noticed that the boardwalk near the restaurants and shops is laid down firmly with sand and those little sea shells. Nice touch.
While I’m at it and on the last week of my Holland adventure, I thought it a good time to mention some Dutch expressions heard everyday.
The sound by making the ‘j’ sound like an ‘h’ is je, je, (as in the word head) similar to, the American sarcasm, “yeah, right”.
“So”, is heard when someone has accomplished something. I heard that today when a cold looking elderly lady and a gentleman struggled to get a seat and settled down before the bus lunged forward.
“Lekker” means that is really delicious. I hear that often since most of my meals are taken in restaurants.
“Doei” sounds like dooey. It’s an informal way to sing-song good bye.
I may need help with this one; when someone is displease with something, but not worthy of a long complaint, a simple word that sounds like, ‘now’.
It’s a custom to take flowers to a host, and that is so easy in Holland, for there are many flower stands/stalls and shops and flowers are plentiful.
Okay – let’s go to the subject of kissing.
When the Dutch greet, or say goodbye, many folks kiss first on one cheek then the other one; but that doesn’t end the greeting, for they then go back and kiss the first cheek again.
It takes a long time to greet in Holland, but it’s fun.
I remember when living in Costa Rica how people kissed even in business transactions. I was in a travel agents office, and when most people shake hands, there the manager kissed first and got to know me later. That was a normal way of doing business.
I love to learn about the customs in other countries and I feel they are a blessing to us. I never want to judge another culture’s traditions, for that would be the same as making fun of their family. I appreciate the same in return for the customs and traditions that have developed over the years in America.