During my time in the Netherlands I got to stay with miss Vlot (who teaches the Dutch language), miss Rufi and miss Schreurs (who teach the English language). They had already met me before and introduced me to their classes. Miss Rufi had even missed me so much that the first thing she did was hugging me. Miss Schreurs’ pupils were a little shy at first but eventually started to speak English on film. They will be uploaded soon.
Before I forget to tell you, I accompanied miss Rufi to the final exams. In the Netherlands pupils are in secondary school until they’re 16-18 (depends on their level). At the end of their last year they have to do very important exams and if they pass, they are allowed to go to college/university. You can imagine how strict the teachers have to be during this period, but I was still allowed to come in. Luckily most of them passed 🙂
On the 6th of June one of the pupils brought me to the harbour of Middelharnis. It’s not as big as Rotterdam, but it was definitely a great day. It wasn’t just a regular day, but a special harbour day. That means that there were beautiful boats and some small events to visit. I enjoyed myself very much!
I also tried some sweets: apple pie and kruukplaetjes. Although apple pie is known in more countries, the Dutch make great apple pie. They usually use cinnamon and raisins in it and sometimes they put crumbles on top. Kruukplaetjes are typical Dutch cookies, but only known in a particular area of this country (the island Goeree-Overlakkee). The teacher didn’t even know what it was until she started to work here. They are baked in a pan instead of the oven. Pretty weird, but incredibly delicious!
On the 27th of May I was brought along to a shop filled with cheese! Dutch people apparently love cheese so much that they have stores for it. I tried some and I loved it very much. As the Dutch people say: “There’s no better cheese than in the Netherlands.”
Because I am in an area with many farms I was told that many children here have cows at home. The cows are mostly used for their milk and therefore to create cheese. If you ever visit the Netherlands, you should try it!
On Friday the 22nd I was invited to come over at one of the Dutch pupil’s farms. She has Frisian horses, which are originally from the Netherlands. It is also very common to live on a farm in the area that I am visiting right now. Most pupils even have to cycle for over an hour to get to school! Unfortunately this pupil couldn’t go to school by horse, but I did get a chance to ride on it.