Local Heart, Global Soul

February 10, 2017

A Short Trip, Great Views But The Commentary Inside Drives Me Crazy…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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.

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February 9, 2017

Make Allowances For A Long Wait In The Queue…

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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The Thursday evening before the Easter weekend, saw family Kiwidutch and friends head towards to the Dutch island of Texel.

We are travelling separately from our friends, and we know from communication earlier in the day that they will be leaving later than we did.

As soon as it becomes apparent that traffic for the boat has built up not just in front of us but also now stretched out far behind us, we phone them to tell them to expect a long wait at the ferry.

They change their plans slightly as a result, electing to travel up in one go with their small children and spend any down-time for their kids to stretch their legs whilst also waiting in the queue here.

As it turns out they manage to get the sailing after ours so are pleased because then they can just make it to the accommodation in daylight hours, so everything works out perfectly. We have hired two different houses of different sizes so they are in the same rough area but not together. Eventually the line of cars move and we find ourselves through the check-in area and driving on to the ferry. Our long vehicle is squeezed into the far end… time to get out and look around.

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February 8, 2017

Out From Below The Depths, …And It’s Not Yellow!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Den Helder is the small port city in the far north of the province North Holland that also contains the ferry terminal to the nearby island of Texel.

At the beginning of the 2016 Easter weekend, Family Kiwidutch were in the town, about to board the ferry.

Before you reach the terminal however, there is an unexpected object nestled between nearby buildings: a submarine!

It’s far bigger than we all thought it would be, everyone in the car exclaimed out loud at it’s discovery… that it stands big and hulking, a glimpse of something that we usually only see in books, TV, movies or the News.

None of us have ever seen a submarine like this up close (I am not counting the small yellow glass bottomed tourist boat we went on whilst on holiday in Cape Verde because that was a tiny pleasure craft: what we are seeing here is the real thing). It’s an eye opener, and according to the billboard close by tells us that it’s open to the public.

It’s discoveries like this that make having a camera on hand an excellent idea. These photographs are a compilation of ones taken on the away and return journeys, in order to try and get photographs from as many angles as possible. I manage to get photographs as we go past it simply because traffic has suddenly reduced to a crawl, it seems that after a fairly straightforward trip up here, we are in a traffic jam right within sight of the ferry…

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February 7, 2017

Den Helder Is Full Of Marine Vessels Of All Shapes And Sizes…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Arriving in the North Holland town of Den Helder, we make our way towards the ferry terminal.

The road we are on follows alongside a canal, the large blue and grey building that stated to come into sight in my last post turns out to be for “scheepsonderhoud“, which translates as “shipping maintainance“.

Judging by the way it is situated on the water it looks like it’s a covered dry dock, where ships can sail in and then the water is pumped out of the dock so that work can take place on the hull of the vessel.

This waterway is an extension of the outer harbour, so we see various boats and ships in all sorts of sizes and shapes, from leisure craft, coast guard and various waterways department, fishing boats to tall full rigged sailing ships. The buildings along the canals also vary in age and styles, I’m most taken with the older, more decorative brick buildings and even there there are glimpses into modern non-traditional fishing-village life: we sight a ferris wheel, the “kermis” (fun fair) is in town.

The buildings clearly house activities associated with fishing, but also water sports, proving that Den Helder is that quirky mix of modern and traditional Dutch town, some traditions remain as they have done for centuries, others have long since moved on.

The traffic increases the closer we get to the harbour on the far side of town, it’s apparent that we are not the only ones to have thought that a long weekend away in Texel for the Easter weekend would be a good idea. It’s no surprise either that Little Mr was very excited to spot naval and coast guard vessels, that said, all four of us let out an exclamation when we rounded a corner a little further on…

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