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by apexenglish

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Hello my name is Gijs van Gerven. I am 28 years old and I come from Holland. In my country we speak Dutch and our nationality is Dutch as well. Holland is a very small country in Europe bordered by Germany and Belgium
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. The capital of Holland is called Amsterdam. Even though it is the largest city in Holland it only has 700.000 people living in it! But being a small city also has it advantages. If you have a bicycle you can go anywhere in the city with only 40 min of riding! So almost everybody has a bicycle. In fact most people have more than one. I myself have four bicycles. Sometimes it can be a little bit difficult to park you bicycle with some many bikes. And even if you can find a good place to park you must not forget where you parked cause otherwise you won`t find it back.
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Holland is famous for its windmills and tulips. You can buy tulips everywhere and you`ll find them growing in the spring all around the country. They come in almost any colour you can imagine. White, red, orange, blue, black, pink, you name it! Some rare tulips even have more than one colour. You can even buy the bulbs and plant them in your own garden so you can see the tulips every day. A famous Dutch painter even painted tulips on his paitings.
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His name was van Gogh. His is a very famous painter from the 19th century. He even has his own museum in Amsterdam. Every year many tourist from all over the world come to visit and see his paintings. In the back of the painting you can also see a windmill. Holland has many old windmills throughout the country. We used them mill grain and pump away water from the country. We pumped away so much water that 1/3 of the country is below is the sealevel. You can see on the picture that all the green land is above the sealevel and all the blue land is below the sealevel.
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So we have to be carefull of the sealevel rising otherwise we lose a lot of our country. Luckily we have very large dykes and sanddunes to protect us from the sea.
Living next to the sea the Dutch people always have sailed and fished the ocean for a long time. One of our traditional snacks is called `Hollandse Nieuwe`. This means Hollands New. It is a raw herring which is eaten with diced onions and pickles. And you eat with your hands holding it on the tail and eating it from the otherside!
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by apexenglish | 2012-01-24 17:58