A fun day with my Dutch colleagues

Trip Start Oct 05, 2008
Trip End Oct 08, 2008

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I was invited to attend my departments annual outing in the Netherlands this month.

I departed Miami on Sunday at 8pm and returned on Wednesday at 6pm. Other than being very jet-lagged and not catching enough zzzzz's I had a great time with all of my colleagues.

We all met up at our corporate office (world headquarters) that is located at Schiphol airport and departed for The Controversy Tram Inn (http://controversy.nl/index2.htm), which is a bed and breakfast establishment located in Hoogwoud (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoogwoud). There we received a walk though tour of the B&B and it was explained to us how the owners came up with the idea of creating this transportation themed B&B. So if you find yourself in North Holland and have the craving to sleep in a stationary tram or train then look this place up. Interesting to say the least. They have several train/tram cabs, a plane, a double decker bus that forms part of the house, two exotic cars, a ships safety pod that floats in a man made pond in the front yard, and several other transportation contraptions.

From there we went off to the home of our illustrious leader who lives in the outskirts of De Rijp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Rijp). De Rijp is is an old village with a beautiful 17th century municipal building. This village has a historical fishing tradition, including whaling. De Rijp village was founded by Grafters, who wanted to profit from the then still open connection with the sea. De Rijp owned, after Enkhuizen, in the 17th century the most herring-houses in North Holland. Around 1654 whaling began and it was a De Rijper who was the first harpooner; Marten Michielszoon. In this village was born Jan Leeghwater, one of the most famous Dutch polder-makers. He was a simple miller; from 1608-12 he had 26 mills built, to make the Beemster lake dry. From 1631-35 he used 51 mills to make the Schermer lake dry. In between he built the Council House of De Rijp in renaissance-style.

We had dinner at Restaurant Oudejans (http://www.restaurantoudejans.nl/) that is located in the village centre. We all had a great meal, some good laughs, and I got a great photo with beautiful ladies. What more can one ask for?

I extend my thanks to Fons, Anneke, Maarten, Hennie, Marcel, Mathieu, Roel, Sophie and Dick for your hospitality and comradery. Looking forward to next years event already!
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