Monday, April 29, 2013

Queen's Day (Koninginnedag)

OK, there is no way to convey in a blog post what a big deal tomorrow is around here.  Queen's Day!  A national holiday to celebrate the Queen's birthday, everyone wears all orange to honor the royal family, aka the House of Orange.  Preparations have been happening all around the city and EVERYONE is talking about this day.  Do a google image search for Queen's Day Amsterdam and you'll find amazingness like this:

It looks like the 4th of July meets Mardi Gras and gets covered in orange.

All over town shops are selling all things orange to help everyone (even newbies from the USA) to gear up for the occasion.

Queen's day is a big deal every year, however it is an especially big deal this year, because of this big news.    This will be the last Queen's Day, for a long long time.  Queen Beatrix has announced that she will abdicate tomorrow, and the new King, Willem-Alexander, will be inaugurated.  All of this will occur right outside our front door.  Crazy!  We are excited to take it all in and everyone has warned us that we have no idea what we are in for.  They say our minds will be totally blown tomorrow.  Bring it!   

We may have no idea what we are in for, but least we'll look cute...

And maybe I bought this paint by number set, you know to honor Beatrix and remember this historic event forever.  

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