The Delft Blue is pottery with blue decorations, made in Delft. Delft Blue came on the market as a cheap alternative to the mid-17th century blue and white Chinese porcelain. The Delftware was therefore quite popular in a few countries. By the end of the eighteenth century, the popularity of the Dutch pottery reduced again because of the rise of even cheaper pottery from England. Of the approximately one hundred potteries that were in Delft in the seventeenth century, there are only a few still to be found. Delftware is mainly a souvenir.
The Dutch airline KLM gives to their passengers so called KLM houses. These are Delft Blue houses that are based on historic Dutch houses and buildings. The cottages are filled with gin. On routes to countries where alcohol is forbidden to be imported empty houses are given away. Under (business) travelers who regularly travel in business class on KLM it is a sport to collect the cottages. A long row of houses in your office is often seen as a status symbol, because you indicate that you have made a lot of (expensive) flights in the business class of KLM.
Dutch like to put something in boxes. Both symbolically and in real life. Those who have seen the Netherlands from above will see that many parts of the country are accurately classified as if they are boxes. Polde, districts … it looks like a large patchwork of clear sized plots, each have their own destiny. Also from the ground you can see this. If you drive through the Dutch countryside you see that almost everything has structure. Many tracts of land by means of locks, gates, or other secretions are limited. Boxes you can see back at how people think about each other and talk. Dutch often have the bad habit to generalize and to stick certain labels on people. Those who belong to your own label are good and outsiders are often critized on certain characteristics.
Those who belong to your own label are good and outsiders are often critized on certain characteristics.
Battle Against The Water
If you look at maps of the Netherlands in which the country is displayed a few centuries ago you will find a substantial difference with the Netherlands today. A large part of the Netherlands consisted formerly of swamps, tidal or water. Land reclamation has made sure that the Netherlands looks like as how we know it today. Reclaimed land and landfilling has provided the Netherlands with new land. To defend this land from the sea the Netherlands have set up an ingenious system of dikes and other flood defenses such as Neeltje Jans. These protect the lower parts of the Netherlands against water. Worldwide the Dutch are seen as experts when it comes to land reclamation and flood defenses.
The Dutch weather is one of the most popular topics of conversation in the Netherlands. Rarely the weather ssatisfies the people of Holland. If it is too cold in the winter they complain about the cold, when the winter is mild and changeable there has been "no real winter. In summer it is especially complained as it would not be a real summer. On the other hand the complaining starts again automatically as soon as it is warm too long or a few days of tropical heatt. It is too much and they want relief. What you especially will notice well in the spring, is the influence of the weather on the mood of people. A pleasant spring sunshine has on most people an immediate positive impact. You notice it in the street, in the supermarket, at work. People are happier, more relaxed and tolerant if the weather is pleasant.