The following is the true story of what you get when you mix orange and green. Eagles fan 1n_pla1n_s1ght took our beloved Eagles Troll all around The Netherlands, from Blokker to Kaatsheuvel to Amsterdam and sights in-between. Warning: you will see some pictures of cows and empty streets. Do not be alarmed. This is because the country was pretty much shut down during the World Cup. Warning #2: it being The Netherlands, there were a couple photos I took out for propriety’s sake, but you can find the imgur album…here. As long as it’s visited every so often, the album should remain up.
This is a big amusement park in the Netherlands which is basically a big fairy tale book come to life.
Troll House in De Efteling
The park is filled with “troll houses” so we though it was appropriate to bring the troll along.
At the Dairy Farm
The Dutch are known for their cheese so we took the troll to a dairy farm.
Need to Wear the Right Footgear on the Farm
They conveniently had some clogs that were the right size.
A Dairy Cow Was Curious What Could Be Green But Not Grass
I ran in and saved the troll just as the cow was opening his mouth to take a bite.
The Troll Found the Destination
This Google destination point was just hanging out on the side of the road and we thought it was funny.
Netherlands vs. Mexico
One of the many World Cup games that basically shut down the country. Also, the Netherlands won every game until I sent the troll on his way. Coincidence? We may ask for him back for the next World Cup!
Completely Empty Streets During the Game
This street is usually pretty busy, but during the game it was a ghost town.
Empty Red-light District Window
You can’t take a picture of the girls in the windows without the threat of a bouncer beating you up and smashing your camera. Fortunately, we found an empty window to show you what it looks like.
Full Red-light District Windows
A customer buying the goods. As you can see, these streets aren’t just for men. Everyone walks through to take a look at the famous red-light windows, even families with children.
Canal in Amsterdam
One of the many canals in Amsterdam. A popular activity in the summer is cruising around the city with a cooler full of beer and sometimes a charcoal grill in the back of the boat.
You Need to Ride a Bike in Amsterdam
Biking is really the only way to get around. It’s faster than walking and it’s a pain to drive in Amsterdam since there are so many bikers everywhere!
The souvenir shops were full of Dutch football (soccer) jerseys for the World Cup. The color that the Dutch always wear is orange which is the name of the royal family. Seriously, the kings official title was the “Prince of Orange” before receiving the crown.
Looking at His Options at the Bulldog Coffeeshop
This is the red-light version of Starbucks. Bulldog Coffeeshops are all over the place in Amsterdam and offer some fine green (although mostly to tourists as the locals don’t like to pay the high prices). You can see the sign to the coffeeshop above the troll in the bike picture.
Keeping it Green
My wife thought it was funny that green in the pro-marijuana sign matched the troll.
Sitting on a Terrace Drinking a Beer and Eating Bitter Balls is Typically Dutch
Bitter balls aren’t bitter, they’re actually like ragout which is basically, meat, flour, and fat balls rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. They are crazy delicious and served mouth-burning hot. I’m definitely bringing these to the states in December for game time snacks.
Authentic Windmills That Can Still Be Used
These old-fashioned windmills are all over the place. Some are even still used to pump water and mill flour, although this is mainly for the historical appeal rather than necessity. It’s still cool to see the blades spinning in the wind!
On the Dyke
This is one of the infamous dykes in the Netherlands. Without this these the see would come rushing in and millions of people would be under water. You can see people enjoying the sunny weather by biking on the dyke. It really doesn’t get much more Dutch than that!
On to Switzerland!