Laying down in my tent counting on the rain drops while reading my map which is now is like ritual, I have to do before sleeping and for the whole cycling day dealing with small roads. The next country was The Netherlands, one of the striking thing was the size of this country, 41,526km square small than Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania (44,800km square). This is possible the leading country for bicycle commuter, it said that there are twice the number of bicycle in Netherlands so may be 32 million bicycles.
The kingdom of law lands, if i got the translation write, anyway it should be right since the huge part of the country is below see level. Also known as Holland, the name of big provence which ruled the country. As I cycle from north east to the country cross to south west, I’m so fascinated with what show high ability to adopts environment. The country was more or less mash region, bays and flooded rivers flowing from slight high lands of German, France and Belgium. Definitely, there should have been strong factors which pushed group of people in this corner of continental Europe. It seem like they become water engineers, turn sea into dry land and may be the main commuter before bicycle was canoe and boats into the canals. Today every single drop of water is managed and any miss calculation may cause great deal of damage especial to the old buildings which their foundation are woods.
The territory grew strong and aged with limit of space may be searching for overseas territory was option. I just wonder myself listen to the stories of people who lived in Indonesia, Sumatra and Surname which were Netherlands colonies, my question still remain what could be wrong and right? Is time effluence our morality?
Even though no physical boundary such as Great Wall, past the European Union sign of welcome to another territory, atmosphere, landscape changed like that. In German it was less populated while in the there in Netherlands cities, town, village and field were connected. In general people are more relaxed, open minded and welcoming.
I feel like there are two distinctive group of people I come across in Netherlands; small town/village in habitants who can also be old folks but not always the case and big city dwellers who tend to be young. The folks from small city who are also minority they prefer to keep it old ways and traditional which can be also protective and eliminate chances to learn and expose in the new experience. In these places as man of color I feel intensity. The other group is what make Netherlands famous.
Netherlands is known for for it liberal policies which I think their are limited i the cities and mainly exploited by foreigner and tourists since Dutchman ought to be bound with culture and tradition to keep identity of beloved kingdom. The liberty can be seen in the streets of Amsterdam where sex is another merchandise displayed in the clear glass window in the day light. As business can be competitive where there is abundant display is very important. I felt so necked as my friend walk me across ‘Red Light Street’, the crowded street with all sort of people stumble their feet looking into woman in the display window. If you find what you want you enter inside, red light will turn on , there you have menu to choose you preference.
In the coffee shop is you can oder you choice of forbidden herbs to many communities, marijuana smoker paradise. Here in Netherlands is where they sit and see it fit now to have a law that same sex can marry without discrimination, what a tolerant community? Yes, it all possible if young Christian, protestant will over through catholic and take over the churches which took hundreds of years to build. If not enough here is possible when the first condom industries was invented. It was in the 1500’s when diplomats from Europe for the first time have to sit to solve their difference in the diplomatic way. The diplomats sour the population or suffer from sexual disease so they invite pig intestine and urinary bleeders.
My highlight on Hollands is reunion with 2011 Tour d’Afrique ride, Bastiaan. A friend with back ground in acting, education in engineering and profession in training people into communication skills et cetera. Strong and avid cyclist decide to take me around Amsterdam carrying me on my loaded bike for sight seeng. Ambitious man who said is inspire of what i’m doing while I’m the one who is inspire by what he is doing. Cycling while screaming in the city to dancing for whole night, sit down and talk all the complex things and explore the opportunity to make different and motivate other to join the world of happiness is what characterize our short time together.
Pedal off just two days again bring me to the city of Gent in Belgium. In this country is where I’m seeng confusing of modem Europe civilization in process. First people will ask you which language you speak, but I think the question should which you prefer? Though the option is limit to Flemish or French. And everything goes like that! It not only African countries suffer.