Organisatie - 18 november 2010

Dutch Masters of Integration

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When I first came to the Netherlands I was astonished to find so much green space in this densely populated country.

Shortly after my arrival in Wageningen, on what the Dutch would call a hot summer day, I went to the river for the fi rst time. Caravans of students were streaming in the same direction, the closer I came. Since I was not yet familiar with this kind of group relaxation
and to avoid trampling on others, I decided to go further downstream.
After some time dozing in the grass and dreaming of Clint Eastwood I realized that the stamping hooves I was hearing came from a herd of real horses, who were examining my backpack. Immediately
I grabbed my stuff and saved myself by jumping over a fence. I felt safe again and decided to give recreation another shot, this time with my back to a couple of trees. Suddenly a twig cracked. Another one. Then a snuffle and a huge horned head broke out of the bushes. Scared stiff, I went quickly in the direction where I suspected my bike to be. But this time I encountered animals that were highly gezellig: on my way to the next fence I was gently accompanied by seven impressively big cows.
Fortunately the queasy feeling in my stomach did not last long. When I stopped, they also stopped. If I walked faster, they walked faster. It seemed to me that here even the cows do their best to integrate foreigners. Later, passing some sheep I started wondering whether every Dutch herd has to have a certain number of black sheep. Finally, two minutes from Dijkgraaf, seeing a man going for a walk with his pig, I already felt at home./Maria Alekav

Do you have a nice anecdote about your experience of going Dutch? Send it in! Describe an encounter with Dutch culture in detail and comment on it briefly. 300 words max. Send it to resource@wur.nl earn fifty euro and Dutch candy.

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