Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Dutch skill

Last night Jen had her first experience with what was described to me as "a mandatory Dutch skill". The skill is sitting as a passenger on the back of someone's bike. It's a little like horse riding in that guys straddle the bike and girls ride with both legs on one side. This is works out fine as long as A.) your dutch or B.) if you are wearing high-heels your keep your high-heels clear of the bike wheel spokes. Jen quick toppled herself and a colleague of mine's girlfriend. So quickly in fact I was only halfway through the sentence, "This is not going to end well", when it happened.

On a side note, when in Amsterdam it is apparently odd for one girl to query another girl for the best place to buy "pepper spray". Pepper spray is apparently illegal. Jen got the response: "What do you think someone is going to pull up in SUVs with guns as in the states?" To which she replied, "Maybe, it's happened to us before." Which is in fact true. Come to think of it, her response may have been more awkward then her question.

In closing here is a picture of an obligatory windmill:

2 comments:

The Storyteller said...

Hope everyone was okay:-) Ouch!

Anonymous said...

Ah..... that is a skill.... i regularly take the girls to school on a motorcycle - they all wear uniforms - on skirt days they sit sideways, on pants days they straddle..... scares the fuck out of me....

it is funny how americans are given a sort of "wide berth" though - seen as slightly insane, reasonably violent.... which is funny, because the LoS folks really *are* violent - every weekend the hospital sews skin back onto skulls, tries to tape machete lost fingers back onto hands..... more than a little justice is decided by who lives longest....

yet they smile and smile and smile.... and my dutch neighbor, leader of a biker gang, is sensibly afraid of his wife.... me too.... when she holds a machete she gets this mischievous glint in her eye.... we joke, but never ask questions.....