In case you thought Gorinchem, NL...where we live...couldn't get any better, look at this: Gorcums Hippie Festival 2013.
BTW, Gorcum (2 syllables) is the shortened version of Gor-in-chem. True Dutch say it in 2 syllables: GOR-cum. That beginning 'G' is not hard. It's a guteral 'g' much more like an 'h' sound.
Now that we've settled that, this was the first year Astrid and I decided to go down to the waterfront of our Merwede River to take a look. Buiten de waterpoort is outside the water port, which specifies exactly where we're talking about.
What do YOU think of when you hear "hippie?"
They actually camped out there for the entire weekend, yes!
There were plenty of porta johns available, of course, as well as urinals.
Guys are so lucky! And they have no shame! Four of them can do their business at the same time!
It so happens the weekend of July 5-7 was glorious, weatherwise.
And when the sun is out, the DUTCH are out, young and old alike.
I bet you think of Smurfs and snails when you think of hippies, right?
You definitely think of mushrooms, I'm sure!
Did I mention they had a concert stage with scads of gigs all weekend long?
Oh, yes. I bet some of you want to be hippies again?!
And if the crowds get to you, go jump in the