625 Steinbach Nutcracker The Dutchman
The Dutch live on both sides of the
Rhine river, and in Germany all people from the Netherlands are called
HoIIänder or Hollanders.
The Dutch often joke about themselves
saying: God created heaven and earth — but the Dutch themselves made
Holland. There is a grain of truth in this, since the Dutch reclaimed
their land from the sea through the construction of superb dikes. In the
spring, hundreds of buses journey to the huge 70 acre botanical gardens
of Keukenhof (just north of the town of Leiden). Seeing the profusion of
tulips, hyacinths and narcissus in full bloom is the highlight of a
visit to this annual Dutch flower show. In the autumn, the buses then
travel to the Dutch city of Gouda known for its famous cheese. The
weight of a large whole Gouda cheese-wheel can be anywhere from 11 to 26
pounds. A mayor attraction in Gouda is the ancient scale from the year
1660. Young, attractive girls are weighed there against the weight of
the cheesewheels to the cheers of the onlookers. The heaviest girl, that
is, the one who requires the most cheese to balance the scale, is
declared the winner.
Interestingly enough, the winner for
the past few years running, has always been an American!
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