Pinkstermaandag - national holiday in NL
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Today is Pinkstermaandag, a national holiday in The Netherlands. (Whit Monday as is it known in UK although it is not a national/bank holiday there). We had done a lot of walking and trekking about over the weekend which really took it out of us in this blistering heat, so my parents decided they wanted to do something a bit more sedate and chilled, which is lucky because the entire country practically comes to a standstill on national holidays so me and Jaap were scratching our heads a bit at where we could take them today. I tried to find out on the net if any stores would be open in Rotterdam as Mum and myself hadn't had chance to indulge in any regular, high street shopping yet, but to no avail.
We decided to go anyway as most of the larger cafe's and restaurants would still be open, we also fancied popping to the cinema in the evening to see the new X-men Origins: Wolverine movie, especially as the weather forecast wasn't supposed to be as good today, a chance of rain later on - how wrong could they be! It was still ridiculously hot, I felt so sorry for the fun runners in the city centre - madness! There were also a couple of fun fairs and huge market aswell as the 'fun' marathon so the centre was pretty packed with people even though all the shops were closed :'-(
We went for a wander towards the Oude Haven (Old harbour) so we could have a look at these Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses) everyone raves about - a conventional house shape which is tilted at a 45 degree angle built upon a hexagonal shaped concrete pylon! As strange as it sounds but quite a cool sight, shame they are yellow in colour! After a walk round the harbour gazing at the fabulous boats, it was time for a pitstop so had a drink at one of the numerous bars, none of us were really hungry for lunch as we'd had a late breakfast so we just ordered a dish of things for us to share - mini frikandel (my other new Dutch obsession besides pancakes & stroopwafels) kroket, cheese souffles and chicken nuggets with a variety of dipping sauces.
Our evening meal was a trip to the Pizza Hut on Schouwburgplein, next door to the Pathe cinema. As if we hadn't stuffed our faces enough with mozzarella garlic bread and a pizza each, me and Mum raced towards the kiddies pic n mix sweeties in the cinema, mmm oh well it's a holiday, calories don't count.