Friday, June 25, 2010

Groeten uit Noord-Holland

"Greetings from North Holland".  Not the 'north of Holland', but the province of North Holland.  The Netherlands has twelve provinces, and North Holland is one of the twelve (yes, there is also a South Holland).  'Holland' is incorrectly used as the name for the entire country; it is only in the name of these two provinces.  I did recently hear a cyclist from the Netherlands refer to his country as Holland, but I wonder if it is because he is on an American cycling team and they refer to it as Holland. Who knows? I know that the Netherlands is famous for tulips, cheese and windmills, but I didn't realize sunbathing was very popular! 

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