Family Kiwidutch needed to take a break from extended family obligations in 2016, get some fresh air and recharge their batteries.
We took the opportunity of the Easter long weekend to visit one of the Dutch Wadden islands: the largest of which is Texel.
On board the ferry for the short trip over, I am puzzled, amazed and horrified to hear that the person welcoming visitors on board in the English language commentary over the intercom pronouncing the name of the island incorrectly.
Dutch native speakers always pronounce the word “Texel” as “Tess ell” but on the loudspeaker system on the boat, it’s being pronounced as “tex ell” !
It is a complete and utter mystery to me why the islanders (who in recent years have taken over and now run the ferry service themselves) perpetuate the error, especially because the word “Texel” is one of the most corrected words in non-native speakers learning the Dutch language in the Netherlands. It’s very windy, so I take a look around both of the front sides of the ferry as we leave harbour. It’s interesting to now look back on the photographs and know that our friends were soon to be at the end of the queue that I see forming on the other side of the ticket check-in area. By their account though, they were a long way back around the corner, so their vehicle isn’t by coincidence in my photographs.
The distance to Texel isn’t far, we can see the buildings of the far harbour in the distance. I take my time walking back to the car deck and only minutes after I get there the bell goes that summons passengers back to their vehicles. Soon we are on our way up the ramp and making the transition to dry land. Texel awaits.