From Windmills to Amsterdam Canal
The time was 09:00 am, when a Garuda Indonesia plane landed at Schiphol Airport,
Amsterdam. After going through the process of immigration and baggage claim in one of the
best airports in the world, we went straight to the bus parking lot which is ready for us.
The temperature was reported to reach 11 degrees Celsius. It’s not too cold, but it is quite
excruciating. Moreover, the rain welcome our arrival, making this body froze when droplets of
water swept the skin.
Luckily, when entering the bus, feeling the cold vanished and turned into warm. Conditions that make me feel very comfortable, so that drowsiness and fatigue that had plagued the result of sleep difficulties in the course for approximately nine hours of Indonesia-Dubai-Amsterdam disappear instantly. I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of, which is free, but orderly and greatly appreciated history.
What makes me amazed, almost no modern buildings in the country with an area of 41.526 square kilometers. Apparently, they appreciate the history, so the old buildings are maintained and in good condition. So, no surprise if the building is almost the same.
From Schiphol Airport, we straight to Volendam. Indeed, the journey from Amsterdam to a village of fishermen / farmers did not take long, because it can be gone for about 45 minutes.
However, before looking at one of the villages that was once the largest flood victims in North Sea in 1953, we first stopped at Irene Hoeve Cheese and Clogs, the manufacture of cheese and wooden shoes (Klompen).
The Netherlands is identical with cheese, which made from pure frits cow’s (black and w cow) milk with a special enzyme.
Cheese is one of their typical results.
Then, what about clogs or Klompen which made of poplar wood?
First, the shoes are commonly used by residents of the Netherlands to work in the fields. However, now, its function has shifted just as souvenirs – although there are still a number of people who wear them while working in the fields. Therefore, in Irene Hoeve Klompen there is a row of various sizes, designs and colors, on display for sale.
Steven, a man who is an expert make Klompen for continuing the family business, said that in a day he could produce a few models. The knife cut into the simple but practical lever plus an adequate tool, make him deftly produced one Klompen.
“Before, to make one Klompen can take five hours. However, now, with this machine, one Klompen can be completed within an hour,” says Steven, as he showed his skills. With a knife cut, he first carved out the desirable model Klompen, before picking the middle to make the inside.
Then we continued our journey to Volendam. However, before getting there, we had to go through Windmolen or a giant windmill, which is a Dutch icon.
The main purpose of windmills in the Netherlands is to pump and push water into the oceans, in order to form a new, more spacious land, whose name Polder.
However, now, the windmill has become one of the icons and attractions only
Only a few moments to see Windmolen, we continued our journey to Volendam, a fishing village. Initially, the livelihoods of Volendam is fishermen due the location is right on the beach.
But after a big flood in 1953, conducted prevention efforts by building a dam so that the raging sea water did not get to the mainland again. Apparently, there are consequences of the effort because the fish has been further reduced, so that the livelihoods of fishermen in Volendam be shifted from fishermen to become souvenir sellers.
Volendam has turned into one of the tourist areas. Almost every day, there are tourists who come from various countries, to enjoy a small village. Prior to the “heart” of the village, we must scan the seaside has been dammed. Highway as the main access is only enough for one bus, so the system is implemented open-close.
However, for pedestrians and cyclists, they are given access to a somewhat more exciting and romantic, because it can enjoy the beautiful sea from a height. The reason, the dam also serves as a way for them. Along the lines above the dam is equipped with easy chairs, so there appears to be couples or small families, which seemed to sit back while looking at the sea.
When entering the tourist areas, crowded atmosphere directly visible. On the left side of the road-there are many shops selling souvenirs, as well as cafes, restaurants and shops selling typical Dutch pastry, Poffertjes. Meanwhile in a small pier, lined vessels that can be rented by tourists, to enjoy the beauty of the sea. Not only that, the tourists can also take pictures with the traditional dress typical Dutch fishermen.
Finished with Volendam, we returned to Amsterdam. This is the most exciting moment, because we can enjoy the beauty of the old city by using a small boat
Canal Cruise, for along the canals where the water is clean because it is free from rubbish.
Indeed, not all channels that we can enjoy in just over an hour. Nevertheless, what is seen along the traverse is shown how to appreciate and preserve the history of the Netherlands.
The old houses are very well cared for, so there is building of year 1616 is still standing strong. The fact that seen from the numbers listed on the front of the house, so we are fairly easily figuring out the age of a building.
Along the journey through the canals, we broke through the old bridges are beautiful.
Rows of houses also present a harmony, which tells us that the Dutch has never wasted the past.
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