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Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' EINDHOVEN (THE NETHERLANDS) - Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Welcome in Amsterdam, I was on the central square in front of the train station. I was advised not to take the train all the way there, but transfer onto a subway or tram -- streetcar -- to the central square because a few 100.000 people would take the train today. Aduh! It sure was a crowded place. With the main entrance blocked to divert pedestrians to various parts of the city, each with their own squares with life bands, food and beer, lost of beer. Thousands of people walked around like lemmings because they found their normal route to the 'Dam' blocked by big containers, metal fences and a cordon of Brimob like police which was sealing it of quite tight.

It can be crowded in Amsterdam as well, but it looks like Jakarta, apart from the orange colours.
It can be crowded in Amsterdam as well, but it looks like Jakarta, apart from the orange colours.

The local merchants mark their own boundaries a few nights before to ensure that their spot won't be taken by someone else. Oddly enough, this hardly causes any trouble, sometimes a shop owner finds hit pavement market by some neighbourhood resident who thinks he is smart to take this supreme location. As dawn, people flock to the cities main streets to take their spots and start putting stuff for sale, unlike what you might expect, most of it is just old junk, collected from attics and basements. If you are lucky you will find someone selling - legal of course - DVD's and VCD's. Something that does remind me of walking around in Blok M in Jakarta. Just as many people wandering around to invite you to take a look there. Yes, it does happen here as well.
Of course I decline, because I don't even want to have DVD's, they are generally quite expensive and some of them even have protection against copying them, causing them not to play in certain drives and computers. Imagine if you buy such a thing, even if it was a legal one! No, that's nothing for me. But the smell of fresh food is a familiar one. Fresh meat, grilled on a street side stall with a small orange plastic roof. Some of those typically Dutch plastic chairs in the gutter between the parked cars and you can eat what you like. French fries with mayonnaise, Turkish, Spanish, African, American and of course Asian. Just take a look at the person producing the food and you will have a general idea of what you can ask for, but smelling will help you a lot as well.

As I was on my way to the 'Museumplein' - indeed a square near a museum - I found out it was already getting pretty crowded, since it was only about one in the afternoon and many people would party all night long, or at least late in the afternoon. Not for me, I wanted to enjoy next day, since it was about to get quite hot weather. But that was a thing of tomorrow. Looking around and enjoying the buzz of people talking, selling, buying and negotiating I made my way towards the square. The square would be the place of the biggest event today in the country, several tens of thousands of people are expected to drop by here to see a big variety of artists.
Soon I noticed some food stalls. Not in the form of kaki lima or small warung as you would see them in Indonesia, but in the form of white tents with generic name signs as you will find them in many food courts in Indonesia. All owned by the same owner, but each part is a small franchise for an employer. The same goes here, you can rent one of the most expensive places in town today and try to make a profit with selling hamburgers, French fries, Thai food and.... yes there was one, Indonesian food! It's menu was probably just as limited as in a road-side warung outside the city in Indonesia, but that could not really bother me.
'Dishes' served here were named 'Kantjil 2 go' to the name of the restaurant that is located in the centre of Amsterdam. I passed it a few times on my way to meeting relatives. I never did the effort to bring it a visit however. But now it was made easy for me. I would like to score some Indonesian food, or something that would resemble Indonesian food. Of the four menu's, none was cheaper or more expensive, making it not easier to choose, but soon I went for 'menu 4', no name attached to it, but it included nasi putih, sate and sayur as the plastic menu board said. I took that one.
Sitting down on the curb stone near an intersection, normally filled with cars, streetcars and pedestrians, but today there were much more pedestrians than other traffic, which caused some funny situations. Cars enclosed and trapped in the middle by pedestrians and streetcars that had to wait for pedestrians to make way, instead of the other way around. Mixing the nasi putih at the bottom with the other stuff I was sniffing the smell of a nice dish, imagining I was sitting down on one of those funny brightly coloured Indonesian chairs near a kaki lima or something like that. I heard some foreign languages around me as well, so my private little holiday was complete.

In Holland as elsewhere, when there are a lot of people, cleaning up is another problem.
In Holland as elsewhere, when there are a lot of people, cleaning up is another problem.

After some hours of walking around in the Dutch capital, while my feet started to hurt, I was on my way back home again. This day was a very nice one, also because it wasn't raining. If it had started raining, then it would be very hard to find a place to shelter, but then again, would you need a place to shelter for a few drops of light grimis as we usually have here in Holland? Don't think so, but rain can also cause quite some problems since the streets were full with paper and other trash that people just dropped there. Mainly because of a lack of trash bins, but also because they were very full already.
Soon I hope to enjoy a series of these nice days, maybe in Holland, but most likely about 15 hours of flying from Amsterdam. As I said before, these days don't happen happen often here so you have to find them, but when it does, I will enjoy it for the full seratus persen.



Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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