Uitwaaien in the Netherlands

Uitwaaien in the Netherlands

The main reason I was in the Netherlands last week, was to attend the wedding of my friend Marjon. We’ve been friends since we were 4 years old, best friends all the way through primary school and even in high school we had the same group of friends. After high school, I moved to the other side of the country (and later abroad), Β so we didn’t see each other very often anymore. Still, when we do meet, it’s like no time has passed at all and we just pick up where we left off as if we saw each other yesterday. I was very happy I was able to be at her wedding πŸ™‚ The bride and groom looked beautiful, the party was fun and it was great to catch up with old friends!

Marjon & Marcel - just married Marina, Marjon, me and Elke

The next day, my parents asked me to join them on a trip to Katwijk aan Zee (Katwijk on the sea). They had heard about an artwork there that they wanted to see and take photos of. This artwork was dedicated to all the men from Katwijk lost at sea since 1925, and it was made of rusty metal with all the names (and ages) of the men cut out. Quite an impressive monument!

A monument to lives lost at sea Some people left flowers

It was a sunny, but windy day – ideal for a walk along the beach. After convincing my mum that yes, we can afford to pay a euro to park next to the beach πŸ˜‰ we went for a nice walk. It had been windy for days and the sea was quite rough – I love that! I took lots of photos of course, and so did my dad.

My parents on the beach Me on the beach :)

The sky was beautiful, I really enjoyed our walk on the beach. In Dutch we have a word for this, but it doesn’t translate to English. It’s called “uitwaaien”, which literally means outblowing, but I found this beautiful description by the BBC: “Words and phrases can suggest the character of a nation.Β The Dutch vocabulary, for instance, seems to confirm the nation’s light-hearted reputation. The word uitwaaien is Dutch for walking in windy weather for fun.” Cute πŸ˜€ It’s often used, sometimes more generally meaning you get some fresh air to clear your head from worries.

Clouds & sea Big sky and wide beach

At some point, a lot of foam was blowing around the beach. I got a phone call from Paul (from Svalbard) at that moment, so I couldn’t take any photos. My dad took some great ones though, even catching the movement of the flying foam…

Foam on the beach, taken by my dad My dad even captured the foam flying around!

Later that afternoon, we invited my family around for coffee. Great to see everyone again! Of course I took a lot of photos of the centre of attention… my niece Mare πŸ˜‰ Here she is fascinated by an hourglass.

Bart and Mare, fascinated by an hourglass Mare peeping through Bart's hands

Afterwards she went to pick a flower, then asked my sister to paint her nails. How girly πŸ˜€ especially since she was dressed all in pink that day. But to show that she’s not *that* girly, she also went around the garden to find snails that would walk on her hand πŸ™‚

Mare with a flower she just picked My sister painting Mare's nails blue :) Mare with a snail

I had a great time in the Netherlands! Time always goes too fast, a week is gone before you realise. But next time is not so far away this time πŸ™‚

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