17 November 07 - 15:45 Sinterklaas arrived
Sinterklaas has arrived with his 'pakjesboot' (boat full of presents) in The Netherlands today (check the link if you're not familiar with this dutch tradition)...I wonder if he's able to bring me some presents here up north in Norway. :)
I never realized how dutch this tradition actually is...my colleagues in Norway had no clue when I explained it (guess they're completely Santa Claus'ed :)).
It's one of those things you miss out on when living abroad...the special atmosphere in the cities, coziness in peoples homes, children going crazy when Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten are present, lovely sweets like speculaas, pepernoten and kruidnoten...yeah, it's a nice tradition!
Hehe, it would be interesting to have Sinterklaas visit Norway, am pretty sure the people here would have a hard time getting the story behind Zwarte Piet (Black Pete or Blackface).
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