market in vondelpark
Koninginnedag, or Queens day, is a Dutch holiday celebrating the
Queenâ€™s birthday. Itâ€™s celebrated yearly on April 29th or 30th which is
not actually the present Queenâ€™s birthday. Itâ€™s her mothers birthday,
but she decided to keep the holiday on that day as a tribute to her
mom. How sweet.
Queenâ€™s Day is basically a big party. A big party where everyone in the
Netherlands gets drunk and wears orange. Partying starts the previous
night, Koninginnenacht. You party all night then wake up in the morning
to attend the markets. My koninginnenacht was fun. My friends and I
pre-partied at my house until about 11 then went out to hit the
town. We lasted long, surprisingly, after all the tequila I had.
party boat! the canals were full of these
home around 5 AM and woke up around 9 to head to the market. Markets
basically little kids selling their old stuff or services. My dutch
family, my hungover friends, and I walked to Vondelpark(the central
park of Amsterdam) to attend the markets. There were people everywhere
and kids selling ANYTHING! Some kids along with their friends learned
dance routines and put out a coffee can for donations. Some had â€śhit me
in the face with an eggâ€ť booths for a euro. Some sold really shitty
stuff, like coloring they did in a coloring book. I almost got ripped
off by this kid trying to sell me a hello kitty McDonaldâ€™s toy for 10
euro! Luckily, her mom was there to calm her and the price down to 50
euro cents. I also scored a European adapter for my gameboy for 5 euro
(score!). After 2 hours of marketing(not even over my hangover by this
friends and I were ready to join the rest of the country in partying.
We walked aroundâ€¦at a very sloooooow pace. There were millions of
people in the city. We walked to the Jordaan where a DJ was played and
drank/partied/danced there all day.Half way through the day my friends left to head home for a nap. I,
being the trooper I am, stayed out to enjoy the day. I met up with some
boys I met on Queens night (hehe!) and partied with them until I was
tired. All in all, my first Koninginnedag was a blast! Canâ€™t wait to do
it again next year!