This traditional Dutch sport, from the province of Noord-Brabant, is of such importance that it has been place on the World Heritage list.
It resembles croquet but is played with a large clay balls and a large wooden "spoon" or "shovel" in two teams of 2 players each. The ball should go through a hoop and the rules seem to be quite complicated!
Interestingly, a beugelbaan (the pitch in which beugelen is played) is called a pall mall in English.
Equipment: Two clay balls of 2 different colours. A "green", shovels and spoons and a hoop.
The Elfstedentocht is a speed-skating-tour of 200km along 11 cities in the province Friesland. No more than 16000 skaters can participate to ensure that the natural ice will hold.
Every year the Netherlands waits with baited breath if there will be enough frost for the tour to take place.
If you finish the tour (never mind if you came in last) you get the Elfstendenkruisje, a medal.
The tour goes along:
Sneek 22km. IJlst 26km. Sloten 40km. Stavoren 66km. Hindelopen 77km. Workum 86km. Bolsward 99km. Harlingen 116km. Franeker 129 km. Dokkum 176 km. Leeuwarden 200 km.
Not typically Dutch, but a good % of our population is from a Mediterranean or Asian culture.
Please visit my The Hague tips for a story about my first hammam (Turkish bathouse)experience.
Equipment: I do have a sauna at home but this hammam thing was something new. Take along a toiletbag filled with creams, oils, scrub, shampoo and anything to pamper the body, a towel, a robe,, slippers and spare underwear.
A real Dutch pastime is iceskating for all ages. Preferably on natural ice. People have been skating in the Netherlands for centuries. When the Spanish occupied the country during the 80 year war, the Spanish soldiers wondered about all those women that skated and knitted at the same time.
Equipment: Friese doorlopers are wooden skates that you bind under your shoes. They are one of the oldest version of skates. I used to have them bound under my red boots. The leather laces would come undone all the time. Huge bother! But generally they are easy to skate on as they are not as high as the modern iceskates.
Other versions are "Noren" (Norwegian skates for speedskating) and kunstschaatsen (skates for icedancing).
This is how my kids learned skating....wooden skates and pushing a chair for stabilitiy....this little thing learned quickly!
Equipment: Wooden skates. Warm clothing. Boots. A chair.
Except of course when you are at home lazing round and don t have to go out afterwards...
This is some Groninger booze, the Fladderak and Sterretje, hagel and donder.
Prices are in € (euro).
My son and i like to watch sports on tv, specially soccer.
Fav: PSV...offcourse since were living near the PSV stadion.
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