Getting Married in The Netherlands
Only civil marriages have legal status in the Netherlands and these are usually performed in the town or city hall. After the civil ceremony can the wedding be solemnized in a church ceremony.
The 16th century city hall here in Nijmegen is on the main Burchtstraat, which is the street heading west from the Grote Markt.
- Arts and Culture
Try Pomme Fritje, the national food
You can see the gentleman in the photo preparing our Pomme Fritje...this should be the national food if it is not and maybe even on the flag, we found it EVERYWHERE, just like those golden arches in the USofA.
It is prepared by making like French Fries (or Freedom Fries), after the potatoes are cut, you then place them in boiling oil, partially cook them, then remove them and let drain...when you want to have a plate, you just put them back in the boiling oil and cook till done. They are eaten with mayonnaise and other sauces. You will see it as a fast food, being eaten on the streets from a paper cone and we saw many a person with a touch of mayonnaise on their nose or fingers...(yes, including US ;O))
- Food and Dining
Al mot ik krupen.
If you want to score some points in Nijmegen ask for the song in the local café where the locals come.
or try to sing it....... you will have friends for your life.
Al mot ik krupen......
op blote voeten goan... etc etc
Search the internet for the text yourself. One must take an effort to bond with the locals.
Mariken van Nieumeghen
The 'true and remarkable legend of Mariken van Nieumeghen, who lived with the devil for seven years, probably written between 1485 and 1510. A young woman comes to Nijmegen, buy some things for her uncle. Done that it is to late to go home. She is not welcome at her aunt's and sadly she leaves the town. There she meet up with the devil, who introduces himself as Moenen. She leaves with him to Antwerp to live a live full of laughter, drinking etc. She feels the urge to go back to Nijmegen and see her family after a few years. Than she sees a play that sinces can be forgiven by God and she leaves in a monastery to pray. In the end God and the people forgive her.
Since a long time Nijmegen is well known for it's four Days Walking March. At the time of the March another event takes place called
the Zomerfeesten. This is probably the best time to visit Nijmegen if you like lots of people, drinking, music etc.
Well I know I will definately walk no 40 km for four days. I like to watch along the route with a cold beer in my hand!
On the Queen's day ...
On the 30th of April, Holland celebrates the Queen's day. A national holiday, traditionally on the Queen's birthday, but adopted on the 30th April since 1981.
If you visit Nijmegen on such a day (or the day after) you will hear music (concerts) at different places, see a lot of people in the street, discussing and drinking beer, and find the emblematic ORANGE colour everywhere.
The orange colour, emblematic for the Netherlands, is particularly present on the Queen's day (30th April). Balloons, clothing, hair, doors, toilets! ... That colour is also well represented in the fashion shops, expressing one of the colour trends of this year 2005.
The origin of that colour as royal or national pride comes from the royal family Nassau, "House of Orange". The dutch flag used to be orange-white-bleu (or red due to the difficulty to have a stable orange colour by then). In 1937, the orange was definitely replaced by red in the flag.
Cuisine on the Royal birthday
This is suppossed to be the Queen's birthday cake, although people make it at home and its sold every two feet in Nijmegen, every 2 inches in the bigger cities. Delicious phyllo top and bottom, very light middle of whipped egg whites and milk. I ate 2! They're really light I swear :)
- Food and Dining
Vierdaagse in Nijmegen
There is one event in Nijmegen that will make a visit to this town absolutely worth while. It is the International Four Days Marches (vierdaagse) in Nijmegen. This is such a happening, over 20.000 people have entered for this years march. It will be the 85th march and will be from 17th Juli until 20th Juli. I have never been to see this march, but I have seen it on tv. This is something I really would love to see for myself. The atmosphere in Nijmegen must be amazing during these days. You can find more information about the march on this website : http://www.4daagse.nl/
There are many musea here.
There are many musea here, a Fiets(bike) museum, Valkhof Museum, just outside Nijmegen, Afrika Museum a real Afrikan Village is build here, and het Bijbels Openlucht Museum (Bible Openair Museum).
There is a Liberationmuseum by Groesbeek, the openair War Museum in Overloon, thats south from Nijmegen.
And there are a few Military Cementary's here.
The biggest is the Canadian War Cementary in Groesbeek. In Nijmegen there is the Jonkerbos War Cementary.
The International Nijmegen Four Days marches
Ever year Nijmegen is the home base for world's largest walking event, and is also one of the world's largest sporting events. Named the The International Nijmegen Four Days’ Marches. Participants can choose to walk distances from 30 40 or 50 kilometres per day for four days in a row.Every year the walk starts on the third tuesday in July.
Except of the marches also the summer festival is taking place, this means that there are many live performances, fireworks, markets, terraces and international visitors in the city. Please notice that if you are planning to visit Nijmegen during this week the best way of transportation is by train. Many of the roads are closed because of the marches. If you are Visiting Nijmegen during the festival and want to meet me please drop me a line.
Herewith I want to send all the participants of the marches my best wishes, and good luck for this years march! I have reached the finish line in 1998 so I know the challange!
- Hiking and Walking
The music of Nijmegen
On the 27th of 1975 Frank Boeijen was born in Nijmegen, His biggest idol is Bob Dylan…
Today he is probably one of the best know inhabitants of Nijmegen. After a musical career of 25 years Frank is still giving concerts in the St Stephens church and other locations in Nijmegen.
If you want to know more about this him and his music you can visit his website at www.frankboeijen.nl
Frank Boeijen (Groep), music from Nijmegen
The brooke through in the eighties during the Dutch New Wave period (together with Doe Maar and Toontje Lager). Dutch lingual music was suddenly rather popular and the lyrics were often quite full of protest, as well as the general love and tenderness. Sex and drugs also took their place, as well as public topics like "nuclear danger". Frank Boeijen, the spill in the band named after him ("Groep" = Group or Band). He soon was called the "troubadour" of Dutch pop music and I still love his work (bringing me back to the "good old days". He was born and bread "Nijmegenaar", therefor this tip.
First VT-meeting with Paul & Irina
Paul (VT-member Pavlik_NL) and Irina took their first lesson of argentine tango with Eric Jorissen in El Corte during the DobleOcho festival. It was really great for me to see them for the first time, particulary dancing in this magic place!!!
Book crossing on the Grote Markt
Well ... not a local custom, but book crossing (www.bookcrossing.com) has become popular in Nijmegen, thanks to 'Klaartje' ... Here she's left some books at the feet of Mariken's statue on the Grote Markt, as her picture shows ... The purpose is to go hunting for these books and announce the results on the internet.