So then..... the United States of America tells us 2 MASSIVE 'truths' within 2 weeks of each other.
1. "There is NO Zombie Apocalypse!"
2. "Mermaids categorically do NOT exist!"
Now, this is also from the same country that said:
"Iraq HAS Weapons of Mass Destruction!"
Hmmmm..... What are we to make of this? I'm not sure WHAT to believe now!!
Therefore, I will leave that with you....
Ok... To change tack somewhat...
Travel Guides: Those two words conjure images of exotic locations, tropical landscapes, mountain peaks and luscious green rain forests. They are wonderful things. Full of pictures of idyllic destinations where you can take your 2 or maybe 3 weeks holidays, informing you of all the wonderful things to do on your 'get away from it all' time from the office.
When you think of Holland, what springs to mind? Windmills gently turning, humongous cheeses, wooden shoes with mice clip clippety clopping away on the stair.... where?... right there....oh yeah...
Sitting here at home, looking out of the window as another neighbourhood cat goes flying past the window with a look of bemusement on its furry little face (not so little actually... the cats around our way are enormous!). Yes... It is July. It is raining. It is windy.... Extremely windy.
Last week in South Holland there was an enormous storm that brought trees down, damaging cars. The roof of the Den Haag football team was damaged beyond recognition and blown into the path of a travelling circus (I kid you not!). Roof tiles were blown off. Trams had to stop running due to trees falling on the tram lines.
All in all, it was, pretty unpleasant.
To be honest, there aren't many travel guides that actually inform you of The Netherlands' Monsoon season. Yet people come to Holland in their droves for the summer break. The Island of Texel to the north welcomes thousands of Germans, Austrians and Belgians and many other nationalities in the summer, as does Zeeland in the far west of Holland.
But..... July in Holland IS pretty awful - the weather I mean - of course, sitting on top of the North Sea (and some of Holland of course was ACTUALLY the North Sea before the land was reclaimed) doesn't help. A typical maritime climate - mild winters and cool, wet summers - Being flat, means that it is generally windy all year round - hence the number of windmills here to make use of this fact (and many were built to pump water from the sea and rivers in order to reclaim land).
There are of course SOME gorgeous hot days (just not enough) in the summer - and of course such days are great for the fabulous beaches that can be found here (they stretch from the north all the way along the coast down to the Hook of Holland... In fact, they have SO much beach it's never a problem getting your own spot on the sand. In fact, some beaches can be awful if you happen to be agoraphobic!!!...Simply too much space !
So... It is July and the weather has been pretty pants... that said.... the sun has just come out... and yes the weather here changes like..... errr... well...the weather... that is the geography of the place...
Apparently, Holland is great for the Global Warming debate - Cool and wet summers are meant to be perfect fodder for the G.W supporters - However, the Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) state that Dutch summers have been like this since the Middle Ages - So there!!
Great...On THAT bombshell... it's just started raining... again.
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