Netherlands

Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

I walked around in silence between 11:00 until 11:11 in the morning, then it felt appropriate to sing O'Canada. I sang in a few different places around the cemetery for those that rest here.  I was inspired to participate in an act of remembrance, as I am each time I visit one of these cemeteries on Canadian soil in the Netherlands. Being present, wearing a poppy and singing our national anthem is my gift of thanks.

Dutch Beer

Dutch Beer

Since moving to the Netherlands we both have been drinking a lot more beer. I don't mean epic parties, but we definitely partake in a beer or two more often. The fact that we have, what are to us, cool "foreign" beers accessible in every grocery store and café terrace helps a lot. Here are just some of the Dutch breweries that we have enjoyed since moving here...

Dodenherdenking

Dodenherdenking

People of all ages started lining up a kilometer away. I stood by myself in line amongst thousands, and was surprised at how quiet it was. Living in the Netherlands this was one moment, in a year's time, where there was almost complete silence in a crowded public place. I could tell that this ceremony is taken very seriously by those in attendance. I felt honoured to witness the commemoration.