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... increase for the entire nation) and the changes occurring in the Netherlands market.
Chugging right along we spoke with Ingeborg Rijks, Global Supplier Relations Director, about her role and view of EMEA. Ingeborg told us that supplier relations in EMEA has significantly more deals to work out because there is a greater variety of regulations and hoops to jump through in the differing countries. And again we heard about even ...
... that Rianne had mentioned to us. Zwarte Piet (‘Black Pete’) is the companion of Saint Nicholas in the folklore of the Low Countries. Zwarte Piet would climb down chimney’s to deliver treats into children’s shoes, so he is commonly depicted with black make-up, and dressed in colourful Renaissance attire. There are heated debates in Holland at the moment about whether it is racist to show Pete as a black man, and that perhaps he should be blue! I think this ...
... to various tourist attractions and things we might be interested in. He then informed us that he was homeless and asked us for a small fee for his services. Paul and I had no time to say a word during this entire conversation but felt a little bad for the man anyhow. So Paul dug into his bum bag and found a collection of coins for the man. Unfortunately it only amounted to about 70 cents. The homeless man wasn't impressed... Is that it? He ...
... coffee though.
As I was meeting my friend at 4, I thought I would keep it simple and just go visit a windmill. Turned out to be quite a hike, but it was well worth it. When I got to it, I found myself in the midst of a busload of Japanese tourists. Eventually they got back on the bus, and I took a look. It is a private residence now, so no entry, but it was lovely AND it was right next to the back gate of beautiful Amstel Park. Great bonus, so ...
... the walls of the many apartment blocks seemed really believable.
But immediately after he showed me an impressive castle in the region, in what seemed more like a stereotypical Swiss mountain village than a Dutch village. I simply expected to see people wearing Leiderhosen and eating some kind of Bratwurst. Instead they were just dressed normally, which was a slight disappointment. But overall it was good to see a very small quaint Dutch village, but it did ...
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