Local Heart, Global Soul

July 10, 2015

Cross The Street To Get The Joke…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,Vaals — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following yesterday’s post we were picking up mosquito bite salve from the pharmacy and books from the bookshop in the Dutch town of Vaals and afterwards Himself asked if I could start walking back to the car.

There were few car parks where the shops were, so he’d dropped us off when we arrived and parked in a large car parking area a few blocks away.

Now, instead of collecting the car and coming back to pick us up (which he often does) he’s wanting me to walk part of the way… it’s not usual so I’m curious, but he’s not giving us any clues.

I set out with the crutches and kids, making my way slowly down the street.

It’s a beautiful day so this can be my physiotherapy for the day, but I’m still really curious.

A short distance further, he asks me to stop. I look around and don’t see much around me, except that Himself has a silly and expectant grin on his face. I know him well enough to know I’m missing some jok so start to look around  with a more exacting eye. Then I saw it… the border sign half hidden in the hedge… hey wait… I now realise that I’m standing in Germany! Himself knows that anyone born and raised in a country like New Zealand finds it strange that borders can be crossed like this, and since the Schengen agreement, that within many European countries, that border posts no longer exist. Instead the crossings are marked only by signs like these. After I get the surprise, I then see the name of the street next to the sign: “Grensstraat” (border street). Borders between countries don’t always need to be huge imposing barriers… crossing them sometimes it only takes the effort needed to cross the street.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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