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Lentekriebels (in Keukenhof) ENGLISH VERSION

24 Feb

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got them, already for a few days, since it started getting warmer outside and I’ve seen the first crocuses in the garden, I have lentekriebels! Which I wish for you too!
It can be translated as “spring tickles”, the feeling you have when spring is coming, the joy that the weather gets warmer, the days become longer… The Dutch have a word for it and they use it quite often.

I found a suggestive image on the internet (Goodbye winter depression, hello spring tickles):

Source: cards.boomerang.nl

I find on the internet explanations of the phenomenon: why are we happier during the spring? It is all about biorhythm, about more light, warmth, which gives us more energy, we produce more dopamine and serotonin, we feel in love, in a good mood, to such an extent that even a major spring cleaning seems a good idea 🙂

The Dutch take advantage of it and have one week a year in the primary schools called the “week of spring tickles”. During which every day at least for one hour the children are being taught about relationships and sexuality, in a manner corresponding to their ages.

But to get you more in the mood for spring, I want to show you a bit of Keukenhof, one of the most beautiful places in the world, especially for the flower lovers.

It is a spring park, open for only two months each year, from the end of March until the end of May (dates for each year and more details can be found on the site: http://www.keukenhof.nl), full of bulb flowers, so tulips, hyacinths, daffodils… arranged so beautifully, full of colour, with interesting forms… the park is always full, the tourists come from all over the world, but the atmosphere is pleasant, the flower lovers cannot be but pacifists 🙂 You can walk a whole day long, there are terraces, you can sit on the grass, you can take a boat for a tour among the flower fields surrounding the park (tickets for the boat must be bought in the park, at the windmill!), you can rent a bike and feel Dutch for a day, on a bike among tulips. If you are lucky and it’s a sunny day, I guarantee a perfect unforgettable day.

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Keukenhof has won prizes for the most valued attraction of Europe, in 60 years it has had more than 44 million visitors, it claims to be the most photographed place in the world, it has 7 million flower bulbs, planted by hand…

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If you really intend to visit the park, I have only one suggestion: come at the middle of the opening period, in the beginning many flowers will not be in bloom, and towards the end many will be faded and it’s a shame not to see as many flowers as you can in all their glory.

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