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Sinterklaas

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The Dutch have their own tradition in December (in addition to Christmas) called Sinterklaas. It does seem to be a little similar to Christmas in some ways, but there are also several key differences:

  • Sinterklaas is not from the North Pole, he is from Spain
  • Sinterklaas does not drive a magical sledge, he has a ship
  • Sinterklaas does not have magical elfs helping him, he does however have a sidekick called Black Pete
  • If you are naughty you not only don’t get any presents, you actually have to come back to Spain with Sinterklaas and Black Pete :O

Im sure there is a lot more as well, but I am new to all of this so Im sorry about any mistakes, hehe.

Rob and I thought it would be fun to celebrate this special event with both of our families, and they were all on board 🙂 My parents, sister and brother all flew over from Norway to celebrate with us last weekend, and Rob’s parents and sister all made traditional snacks and drinks that they brought over for the special evening (that we decided to have last saturday so that everybody could make it).

Beforehand everybody had to draw a name, and become that person’s secret santa. The idea was to buy the person you got assigned a larger gift, and just buy small gifts for everyone else. The tradition is to also make a special wrapping for the larger gift, something most of us didn’t do, but my secret santa did really well:

IMG_7101Rob’s dad made this wrapping, as you can see it is flowers with the Norwegian and the Dutch flags 🙂 he also wrote me a really sweet letter. I think we all had a great time, and I know that I speak on behalf of my family as well when I say that this was a great way for us to experience Sinterklaas! 🙂

Weekend in Utrecht

Last weekend was a rather social one for Rob and me. Friday we had dinner with Rob’s family before playing boardgame with his sister Charlotte and some friends. Saturday Rob and I both got a haircut, because this month I finally got a paycheck too, meaning we have a bit more money to spend 🙂

As it was a beautiful day, Rob and I decided to drive to the Goois nature reserve. This small park is absolutely beautiful, and they even have a really good restaurant where we had lunch. After walking around for a while we ran into this guy:

Now that’s a pretty basass version of a cow, hehe.

In the evening we headed to Utrecht and played some pool, before we met up with Rob’s friends and went to the movies. “Ted” turned out to be rather funny actually, and it is definitely worth seeing. Sunday was rather calm, and I spent it watching shows and studying for a test I took today at work. It is rather sad that the weekend is over, but then again without the work week, weekends would just be random days 🙂