Day 6 (Tuesday) "Are we Dutch yet?"
Trip Start Jun 20, 2007
34Trip End Jul 04, 2007
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As Kirsten and I continue trying to master the language (we already know quite a few sayings), we all began the day meeting at Calvin College (This is a Christian school like our junior high schools/ like Indian Crest). A teacher there gracious led us in a lesson about "The Parable of the Lost Son". This parable was also shared with the Czech. kids when they were visiting Holland two weeks ago.
After that time we did some sightseeing around Zeeland (much of the coastal areas), and it was pretty cold. You'll get to see some pictures of us all looking like we were being blown away. That is because we almost were. (Maybe we exaggerated a bit.) During our tour of Zeeland, we went to a museum called Neeltja Jans. This museum is to help preserve the memory of the great floods in 1953. Apparently much of costal Holland was under water, and new dijks had to be built.
For lunch we were able to visit a restaurant belonging to John's sister. We ate French fries (which is the main part of the meal) with mayo. (or katsup for the wimps). We also were served _______ krokets__________ & _____ frikandellen_____________. (For explanations try Wikipedia). The restaurant is located on a boardwalk of sorts that sits next to the North Sea.
During our final evening with our Dutch host families we were able to visit a grocery store (in order to pick up snacks for our long anticipated bus ride to Prague). It was great to explore all the different types of Dutch food.
I'm sure we'd all admit that at first it was quite awkward to spend time in the homes of complete strangers, especially when they spoke so differently, but now that our time in Holland has come to an end it seems all too short. Our common bond of love for God has brought us closer that we thought possible. I'm sure this is an experience that we'll all never forget!
--Submitted by Heidi