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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 21st May 2008

By: Eryah


I arrived at a great day because today it is my new host her birthday.

When i was in the box i have to whait very long before they opened it. I heard i wasn't the only one who arrived today at Eva her home.

But finally it was time for me to come out!

These are from the left to the right:
Davy, Margarida, Ambrosius, a birthday present and the little bear sitting in the middle is Lumi.

I think i'm gonna make good friend here!

But first i'm gonna sleep because i'm very tired of my travel.

Big hugs Count

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 22nd May 2008

By: Eryah


Again a new TV arrived today. It's getting more and more cosy here!

We all were very curious who can be in it. We are allready with a cat, dog, rabbit, bear and a count so we hoped it was an other animal.

And it was! It's a monkey!

This is Roberto

Now we are gonna chat about our goals and who we are.

I'll be back soon!

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 24th May 2008

By: Eryah


Today we asked Eva to tell us everything she know about Alkmaar and the Netherlands. She told us some funny stories!

Alkmaar is above all Holland's cheese town. During the season from the first Friday of April to the first Friday of September a traditional cheese market is being held here on Friday mornings between 10 and 12.30. The cheeses are sold by dealers on a clap of hands. Thereupon the 400 year old cheese porters' guild goes into action, carrying the cheese off on barrows after the lot has been weighed at the Waag (the official scales). In the Waaggebouw - in which the scales are housed - a cheese museum that tells everything about dairy farming has been established.
Cheese has been weighed in Alkmaar since 1635.

Alkmaar is historical with around 400 monuments. The Waag, dating back in its earliest form to the 14th century, the 16th century town-hall, Grote St. Laurens Church and the many courtyards, facades and canals give the town an ambience all of its own. With the past as a setting, the town has a modern stock of shops offering a wide choice. Besides the predominantly small shops in the old centre, the Noorder Arcade with large scale shopping facilities stands by the side of the Noord Holland Canal.

Alkmaar is the biggest town in the region. Relaxation can also be found in the Geestmerambacht recreational area close by.


The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland]) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean. The Netherlands is a parliamentary democratic constitutional monarchy, located in Western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east.

The Netherlands is often called Holland. This is formally incorrect as North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. As a matter of fact, many Dutch people colloquially use Holland as a synecdoche, being well aware of the widespread use of this name. For more on this and other naming issues see terminology of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying and densely populated country. It is popularly known for its traditional windmills, tulips, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, for its bicycles, its dikes and surge barriers, and, on the other hand, traditional values and civil virtues such as its classic social tolerance. But primarily, the Netherlands is a modern, advanced and open society. An old parliamentary democracy, the country is more recently known for its rather liberal policies toward recreational drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, abortion, and euthanasia. The Netherlands is also one of the most densely cabled countries in the world; its internet connection rate is 87.8%, the 2nd highest in the world.

The Netherlands has an international outlook; among other affiliations the country is a founding member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, and has signed the Kyoto protocol. Along with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is one of three member nations of the Benelux economic union. The country is host to five international(ised) courts: the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. All of these courts (except the Special Tribunal for Lebanon), as well as the EU's criminal intelligence agency (Europol), are situated in The Hague, which has led to the city being referred to as "the world's legal capital."

A remarkable aspect of the Netherlands is its flatness. Hilly landscapes can be found only in the south-eastern tip of the country on the foothills of the Ardennes, the central part and where the glaciers pushed up several hilly ridges such as the Hondsrug in Drenthe, the stuwwallen (push moraines) near Arnhem and Nijmegen, Salland, Twente and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.

Main article: Religion in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the more secular countries in the Western Europe, with only 39% being religiously affiliated (31% for those aged under 35), although 62% are believers (but 40% of those not in the traditional sense). Fewer than 20% visit church regularly .

According to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2005, 34% of Dutch citizens responded that "they believe there is a god", whereas 37% answered that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force" and 27% that "they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, god, or life force".

In 1950, before the secularisation of Europe, and the large settlement of non-Europeans in the Netherlands, most Dutch citizens identified themselves as Christians. In 1950, out of a total population of almost 13 million, a total of 7,261,000 belonged to Protestant denominations, 3,703,000 belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, and 1,641,000 had no acknowledged religion.

However, Christian schools are still funded by the government, but the same applies for schools founded on other religions, nowadays Islam in particular. While all schools must meet strict quality criteria, from 1917 the freedom of schools is a basic principle in The Netherlands.

Three political parties in the Dutch parliament (CDA, ChristianUnion and SGP) base their policy on the Christian belief system.

Erasmus (1466–1536).The Netherlands has had many well-known painters. The 17th century, when the Dutch republic was prosperous, was the age of the "Dutch Masters", such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruysdael and many others. Famous Dutch painters of the 19th and 20th century were Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondriaan. M. C. Escher is a well-known graphics artist. Willem de Kooning was born and trained in Rotterdam, although he is considered to have reached acclaim as an American artist. Han van Meegeren was an infamous Dutch art forger.

The Netherlands is the country of philosophers Erasmus of Rotterdam and Spinoza. All of Descartes' major work was done in the Netherlands. The Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695) discovered Saturn's moon Titan and invented the pendulum clock. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the first to observe and describe single-celled organisms with a microscope.

In the Dutch Golden Age, literature flourished as well, with Joost van den Vondel and P.C. Hooft as the two most famous writers. In the 19th century, Multatuli wrote about the bad treatment of the natives in Dutch colonies. Important 20th century authors include Harry Mulisch, Jan Wolkers, Simon Vestdijk, Cees Nooteboom, Gerard (van het) Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans. Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl was published after she died in The Holocaust and translated from Dutch to all major languages.

Replicas of Dutch buildings can be found in Huis ten Bosch, Nagasaki, Japan. A similar Holland Village is being built in Shenyang, China.

Windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, cheese and Delftware pottery are among the items associated with the Netherlands.


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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 25th May 2008

By: Eryah


Today was such a rainy day that we all get very bored. We watched the rain outside the window.


Before we all get depressed we decided to take a good look in Eva her house. You never know what you can find...

Margarida, Roberto and I found some gnomes and asked them what we can do here....

Lumi found a very strange creature. He asked her the same after she gave him a very wet kiss with her strange lips...

Ambrosius asked it too to a very beautifull but mysterious girl...

They all pointed to a closet full of books. We had no idea what they mean with that but we decided to take a look in the closet. We found some very old books. Eva told us she get this books from her father. You can't buy them in the shop anymore. Even the pages in the books felt old.

We read the books and they were so great! Appie has a lot of adventures with his friends. Before we know we were in a other world: the world of Appie.
Time really flies when you read and especially when you read about adventures.

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Heiloo, the Netherlands - 27th May 2008

By: Eryah


Today we went to the house of Eva her ex husband. He lives on a camping in Heiloo. They have some real nice things there.

First we found a beautifull car and you can imagine we have to drive in it.

Suddenly a woman called us she have to show us something.

Look how sweet!!!

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 29th May 2008

By: Eryah


Today it was time to say goodbye to Davy. Tomorrow he is going to his next host. He is very emotional at the moment, so that's why he decided to do it today.
I'm gonna miss him a lot! Allthought we just met, we became good friends. Hopefully i see him again in our journey!

Goodbye sweet Davy and i wish you a lot of fun!

Big hugs Count

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 31st May 2008

By: Eryah


Today the mail man brought a magazine called Yes. It's a magazine for girls and we were all very curious what they write in it.
Suddenly we saw Eva in it! We called her and she explained us that she had an interview a couple weeks ago about her divorce. Now we understand why Eva is sitting in a white dress next to a boy on the picture in the magazine.
She also told us she was pregnant on that picture. Good to know because we thought she had a big belly because she is addicted to the Mac Donalds.


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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 1st June 2008

By: Eryah


Today we watched a practice game football between the Netherlands and Wales. It was for the Europian Championchips. It was very exciting and the Netherland won the game with 2-0.
To support the dutch team we wear orange stuff just like the other supporters.

Eva made us a dutch snack to eat while we were watching the game. It were kroketten, aardappelkrokektjes and a kaassoufle. It was very delicious!

We really wanna know some dutch words. so Eva tought us some.

Hello= Hallo
Bye= Doeg or Doei
Hugs= Knuffel
I love you= Ik hou van jou
Sweet= Lief
Food= Eten
How are you= Hoe gaat het met je
What's your name= Hoe heet je
Stuffed animal= Knuffel
Thanks= Bedankt
Count= Graaf

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 2nd June 2008

By: Eryah


It's very hot here today.
Look at this picture and you know what i mean.

When it's hot like this in the Netherlands it's very muggy. I sweat my pants off today, and i don't even wear pants...

We want to find something cool here. In the garden we found a cage that is standing in the shadow.

Suddenly a big rabbit came to me and ask me what i was doing in his cage. First i was a little bit afraid of him, but he told me that it wasn't necessary to be scared. When i told him about the hot weather he said i was welcome in his house. Pfieuw!!!

Later this afternoon i saw Eva lives by the water. Water= refreshment so i decided to take a look there. It was so cool because a bird was swimming there with her children.

Dharma also take a look by the water. He's a 4 moths old puppy who lives here.

Because of the heat i was getting tired and i heard there is someone in this house who sleeps all day long. I find here and now we are gonna sleep together. Sleep well Isis...

Big hugs Count

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 4th June 2008

By: Eryah


Today we went with Eva her mom to Callantsoog.
Callantsoog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Zijpe, and lies about 13 km south of Den Helder. Until 1990, Callantsoog was a municipality; its area is now part of the municipalities of Zijpe, Den Helder, and Anna Paulowna.

Callantsoog has the oldest official nude beach of the country, dating from 1973. It is a sandy beach 1.5 km to the south.

Callantsoog was a separate municipality until 1990, when it was merged with Zijpe.

In 2001, the town of Callantsoog had 1956 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.58 km˛, and contained 899 residences. The wider statistical area "Callantsoog" has a population of around 2580. This includes also the village of Groote Keeten and the hamlet of Abbestede north of Callantsoog itself. You can imagine it isn't a big town.

Here we are sitting on the car and watch the dunes. You can also see them behind us.

The dunes.

On our way back we saw this dutch mill! On our righthand you see the dunes again. On out left hand we had the Noordholland Kanaal.
The Groot Noordhollandsch Kanaal (Great North-Holland Canal), now known simply as Noordhollandsch Kanaal, is a canal in the Dutch province of North-Holland. The canal stretches about 75 kilometres, from Den Helder in the north to Amsterdam in the south, passing the cities of Alkmaar and Purmerend.

The Noordhollandsch Kanaal was dug in the 1820s to shorten the sea route to Amsterdam. Also, the city's harbour was becoming inaccessible to sea-faring ships due to the increasing number of shoals and shallows in the Zuiderzee.

Construction of the canal was begun in 1820 and completed in 1824. It was part of King Willem I's efforts to revitalize the country's once-flourishing trade and industry. The canal connected a number of existing waterways, including various canals and the small Rekere river. At either end of the canal, sluice gates were built: the Willem I-sluis at the Amsterdam end and the Koopvaardersschutsluis at the Den Helder end.

The canal soon proved inadequate due the growing size of ships, the many bridges and sluice gates and the many curves and turns in the canal. Also, the canal froze in winter. It was therefore decided to dig a new canal, the Noordzeekanaal, between Amsterdam and IJmuiden. Completed in 1876, it made the Noordhollandsch Kanaal largely obsolete. Though still used for commercial shipping, the Noordhollandsch Kanaal's main functions today are recreation and water management.

A unique element of the canal are the floating bridges, so-called vlotbruggen ("raft bridges"). These bridges were constructed because engineers in the 1820s were not able to build bridges long enough to span the canal. The bridges opened by sliding the floating middle sections underneath the fixed end sections.


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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 6th June 2008

By: Eryah


A new tv arrived today!
We were wondering wo could be in that envelope.

We told the TV in the envelope he could come out because it's fun here!

This is Summy
I think we gonna be great friends!

Hugs Count

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 7th June 2008

By: Eryah


I ride on a bike today! It was scary! But i also love to do it! Fortunate for me the bike has wheels on the frame. So i kept well in balance.
Look at me mum!

When i'm home a want a bike for myself. You feel the wind and you can go fast if you want. I notice that in Holland they do not wear helmets for their safety. Everybody here rides on a bike and the people learn it to there children almost before they can walk. I looked my eyes out.

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 8th June 2008

By: Eryah


Today we saw such a beautifull insect. Eva never saw such thing before here in the Netherlands, so she made a picture of it. Off course i wanna share it with you mommy.

Because of the sunlight his wings look gold. Eva searched on the internet and we found out that you call this a Libel in dutch.

Hugs Count

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 9th June 2008

By: Eryah


Every evening Eva read us a bedtime story.
I really wanna share this story with you because i'm a little bit flabbergasted they call this a story for children...

Egg drop


Egg was young.
He didn't know that much.
We try to tell him,
but he wouldn't listen.

If he only had whaited.


This is a story about the egg that wants to fly.


Egg loves to look to the blue sky.
There he saw the birds, baloons,
plains and insects,
helicopters, bats and clouds


Egg wants to fly with them.
He dreamt about ways to fly.


But egg was young.
He didn't know much about flying.
The only thing egg knew was that he had to go up.
On a hill there was a high tower.
Inside the tower there were 538 steps.


Egg climbed to the top.


Egg was in the clouds.
A bird fly near him.
Egg closed his eyes.
He took a deep breath,
and stepped into the space.


He heared the wind.
Egg opened his eyes.
He saw his friends in the sky.

'Woehoe,' he shouted.
'I'm flying!'


But egg wasn't flying.
He dropped.


It took a while to clean up the mess.
We tried to fix egg.
But it didn't worked.
Egg shelves doesn't heal.


Egg was young.
He wouldn't listen.
If he only just had whaited.


Luckely egg didn't get lost.

I hope you enjoyed the story just as much as i am.

Hugs Count

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Alkmaar, the Netherlands - 10th June 2008

By: Eryah


Today it was envelope time again!
We were again very curious about our new friends. It's always fun when new tv's arrive.

A black head popped out of the envelope. He was very excited about this adventure and he really wanna get out of the envelope.

Suddenly he began to talk to the envelope. We all looked to each other and thought he was a little bit crazy. Maybe because of the temprature in the envelope or something.
So it was a big shock to see a second head coming out of the envelope!

The black one his name is Nepomuk. The mouse his name is Dottie mouse. They both are very nice!

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