Monday, June 15, 2009

Soccer and lots of Dutch relatives

On Saturday, we started packing for our return trip. Then, we had lots of company. Many relatives came to meet my little sister and me! Aunts (Tantes), Uncles (Ooms) and cousins. I played ball with a 12-year-old cousin of Thomas' and that was fun!

I also had new herring. Herring is nice and I ate it on bread.

On Sunday morning, we returned to Tilburg, and Uncle Frank and I played soccer again. Uncle Frank and I tied. Today is Monday and we're all packed and ready to go home. We have to get up very early. Frank and Marjo made a DELICIOUS dinner tonight and now I am off to play Ganzenbord. That means Geeseboard in English.

Pizza Pancakes

We went to a cousin's house for dinner on Friday night. I had a great time playing--even though I didn't speak the same language. I guess playing is international!

For dinner, our hosts made Pannekoeken (Dutch Pancakes). In Holland, they sometimes have syrup like in America on their pancakes, but sometimes they put powdered sugar on them or even cheese. At this house, they even put salami, ham AND cheese on them. Yummy!

After supper, I had a great two hours playing with a three-year-old who was actually very fun to play with. I also got a Kinder Suprise, which is an egg made of chocolate that has a little prize in it. Very lekker! (That means tasty!)

A Day in Groningen and a boat ride

Thomas took me to Groningen. We rode the train to Groningen. It was only a 14 minute ride. When we got there, we saw a bicycle parking garage that was full of bikes. We walked around for a bit and I took a pic of the train station.

We went down Herestraat--that is one of the streets on the Dutch version of Monopoly. Soon we were  had a cool drink called a Fristi. Fristi is a yogurt drink that tastes sorta like strawberry. The captain used an address system and told us all about the history of Groningen. We sat near the back and soon I could see the wake of the boat.

After the ride on the boat, we returned on the train to Martenshoek and then took the 15 minute walk back to Ma'Iny's.

For dinner that night we had shoarma. A description of this food is below:

Netherlands: In the Netherlands, shawarma (shoarma) is a popular meal, especially after a night out. Here it is served as pork, chicken, beef or lamb combined with salad and garlic sauce. It is usually served with French Fries (friet or patat) and can be bought from many places, including the local snackbars. It is generally served with pitã bread, which is cut open and the meat is placed inside. This is called Broodje Shoarma (small bread with shoarma) although can be served in larger portions without bread. Dutch Shoarma is not produced as described in the method above - spit roasted, but is pre diced lamb or pork that is then grilled or fried, or a combination of both.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New Friends and Dutch cooking

Yesterday I (kinda) made some new friends. The kids in the neighborhood play outside after school, and they have been asking for me to come out and meet them. They kept looking in the windows and stuff, so I finally gave in and went out there to meet them. Of course, Thomas has to be my interpreter!

We went and rode his bike all around the neighborhood. We went by the playground and I rode behind Thomas and was a scared little chicken! (I got over it, eventually...well, kinda.)

Later, I went and actually played soccer pretty much, kinda, with the neighbor, Rob and some of his friends.

We had Dutch meatballs for dinner. I loved those! We also had endive stampot. I didn't like it too much because it was bitter. I did eat it all though and Thomas gave me an extra part of a meatball! Yummy!

We have vla for dessert. It's like a thin pudding and it comes out of a container like a milk carton. The kind we have this week at Ma'Iny's is vanilla with chocolate chunks in it. Very good!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hoogezand = High Sand

The drive to Hoogezand took 2.5 hours and I was sleepy so I missed a lot of the drive. When we got here, I got a new soccer ball from Ma'Iny. I got to meet my Uncle Peter and Aunt Anna. I played soccer with the new ball and went up against, Frank and Peter and won by one point. It was one against two and I still won! I did lose to Thomas because I was a little tired.

Many Dutch children came to see me and my little sister. They looked in the window. There were like 11 kids outside ringing the bell and I was like "What in the world?! I am famous!" A girl waved to me from the ground when I was in my bedroom. She was tall and looked 15 or so.

We had supper together. Tomato soup with meatballs and the bread was awesome!


The first day we were in Tilburg, everyone was really tired. Now I know what jetlag is!

I got to walk Sam, my uncle's and aunt's dog. Sam is very playful and can sometimes be rough because he is still only a puppy--10 months old. Sam likes to play with his soccer ball and he likes to run after any ball and little American boys!

The house is really cool--it has three stories! My room was on the very top floor! It was big and I got to flip around!

We went to the mall and I got toys. The mall was ok. We also went to a themepark. My favorite ride was this pirate ship that went back and forth--it was awesome! We ordered hamburgers and fries at the park, but the hamburger was like nothing I have ever eaten before! It was nasty! It was squishy inside!

I had a scare at Uncle Frank's and Aunt Marjo's. I had just gone to ask my stepdad, Thomas a question and I came down the stairs and my foot slipped. I started falling down and fell from like the ninth step to like the third step! It was scary, but I am okay! I just got a tiny arm is a bit sore.

Also, we played soccer and I lost to Thomas and I lost to Thomas pretty badly. We left Tilburg on Sunday to come to Hoogezand.

Flight to Holland

First let me say that going to the airport was really, really boring. We waited in line to check in for our flight and my stepdad forgot my sister's carseat. He was able to get it when he parked the car in long-term parking, so no problemo.

We had to wait for him to get back and I was really nervous. When we finally got on the plane, we had a delay because there were other planes in front of us. The flight was very boring and the food was not that great, but I managed to make it through. I didn't get to sit by the window, but I could see from my seat.

We landed in Brussels, Belgium, the capital of Belgium and of Europe. Uncle Frank picked us up at the airport and we drove to his home in Tilburg.