Happy Fourth of July everyone. Today is typically a day for BBQ, kayaking, and fireworks back home. Unfortunately we still haven’t gotten our grill fixed and the only fireworks I’m likely to see are in Farmville. Good thing I’m not especially patriotic (although I suppose if I was, I would actually have a working barbecue and some firecrackers).
Naturally today is just a typically day for everyone else here in the Netherlands. The only thing special is that this is the first Sunday on the month, which means all the shops will be open today. There’s something a little strange about being in a foreign country while one of your own national holidays is going on. Part of me expect people to be celebrating, even though I know there is no reason they would be. Thanksgiving, which is a bigger holiday in my life, is even weirder.
On the upside there is a lot to celebrate right now in the World Cup. The US lost their bid last week, but the Netherlands advanced to the next level after an excellent game against Brazil (2-1). I hear they weren’t really expected to win, but now they have a real shot at the finals. The next Netherlands game is against Uruguay on July 6th at 8:30 pm. Germany has been moving up the ranks too, which means a much anticipated Netherlands vs. Germany game could take place for the Cup if they both win their next match. I don’t know much about they teams they will be facing, but from what I hear, such a match up would be epic. We’ll have to wait and see.
So Happy 4th to everyone celebrating. Enjoy the fireworks!