Local Heart, Global Soul

August 1, 2019

South Holland, My Adopted Back Yard…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next of the decorated “klompen” (clogs) in the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition is about my home province: South Holland.

Since Dutch is my second language, I have an accent, speed of others speaking and regional dialects all over the country often catch me off guard (Himself is the Linguist in the family), I am usually accepted more as an “ex-pat” than “real Dutch”.

That’s ironic because I was born with both Dutch and New Zealand nationality, but being raised in the English language has both drawbacks and benefits. My native tongue has given me a job with many advantages, the possibility to raise completely bilingual and dual nationality children, and the Dutch language the chance to integrate into local life as much as possible.

Wikipedia tells us:”South Holland (Dutch: “Zuid-Holland”) is a province of the Netherlands with a population of just over 3.6 million making it the country’s most populous province.

Situated on the North Sea in the west of the Netherlands, South Holland covers an area of 3,403 km2 (1,314 sq mi), of which 585 km2 (226 sq mi) is water. It borders North Holland to the north, Utrecht and Gelderland to the east, and North Brabant and Zeeland to the south. The provincial capital is The Hague, while its largest city is Rotterdam.

Wikipedia / South Holland / Province / The Netherlands

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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