Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Kinderdijk: Windmills, Dikes and Polder


Assalamualaikum everyone. Happy Tuesday!! For today's post I am going to share with you a recent family trip I had last weekend. This is actually one of our first decent family trip since both of us have been so busy in the last few months. Both of us are students, so we barely had free time to go somewhere far on weekends. Now that I have graduated, we have more time in our hands to go sightseeing around the country which we have been inhabiting for almost 4 years. In fact, when I first started this blog in 2011, I mostly talked about the culture and the people of the Netherlands. 

So, we went to a city called a The Hague, stayed overnight, explored the city and the next day we went to Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk is UNESCO Heritage Site in the Netherlands that preserves 19 windmills from the 18th century. And they actually preserves the windmills by stopping the windmills from turning. I do not know how they do that because that place is so windy I cannot barely keep my hijab stayed put. 

As you may know, the Netherlands is a flat, below sea level country. So, it is very windy here because there are no hills or mountains to stop the wind. Therefore, the Dutch made use of their geography to harvest energy from the wind through windmills centuries ago. Also, being at below sea level meant that there are a lot of water coming into this country. To prevent floods, the Dutch has been building dikes and polders like the ones you see here in the pictures to channel the water somewhere so, it won't drown the whole country. And without them, Holland will be pretty much non-existent fom the world map. Smart nation the Dutch are, indeed. 

We had so much fun that day. I wanted to go there because Najla really loves windmills. She always has her windmills radar on everywhere we go. She will always point out whenever she sees one.she is just simply amused by them. This place is just made for her amusement and I am happy to see her so happy. 

Well I hope you enjoyed this post and learn a thing or two to add to your general knowledge. I will see you again tomorrow, InshaAllah. 



Love,
Fatimah

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6 comments:

  1. Lucky~~ the view is breathtaking >.<

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  2. Amazing sights! love the pic with the row of windmills and the one of ur daughter with a windmill in the background..lovely!

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  3. Nabilah Ismailjee5 February 2014 at 06:36

    Cantiknya. :')

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  4. omg i love holand!!! i miss that village a lot..the windmill is so beautiful!!!

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  5. Hi Fatimah!

    Lovely pictures! Thanks for sharing with us!
    I've been to Holland a few times... I agree the scenery is beautiful!
    You are a super mama! Being a student and taking care of a toddler must be exhausting! Well done!
    By the way, I remember you saying that you were going to move back to Asia?
    Happy Wednesday my dear! Much love! xx

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  6. Yes very rewarding! There is nothing like seeing your baby growing and making progress! It just gets better and better! :-)
    There is nothing planned yet as for going back to Europe... maybe in August if we can't stand the heat! :-)
    Much love! xx

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