Since we're already on a commercial break from the England trip, here's what happened last evening at my birthday celebration here in Gorinchem, NL, where we live.
When we found out on Facebook that our favorite café lunchroom was having a Dutch BBQ
on Friday the 13th for the first Dutch game of this year's World Cup,
I told Astrid that THAT'S where I wanted to go for my birthday
(instead of where she had planned to take me).
I had never experienced a real Dutch BBQ and it made sense to do it on this special game day!
She totally agreed. De Malle Molen (= The Laughing Mill) it was.
Dress code, of course is ALWAYS orange for Dutch sports.
Astrid borrowed the neon-orange overalls she had given son Jeroen years ago. HA!
Did you notice the menu up above in the first collage?
We chose one of each, which meant we ended up with 5-7 different types of meat...each.
This is how the Dutch do it...and YOU grill it yourself.
(In case you're gasping, we did have enough left-overs for another meal at home later!)
After eating, our very special Malle Molen lady, José, got us even more ready for the game.
More Dutch you cannot get!
To our great surprise, another patron, Ferry, took pictures of us.
Oh, yes. We get around! :)
Even though ORANGE is the color of the day, the Dutch flag IS red, white and blue.
How's that for game spirit...rivaling any other place in the world, I might add.
I'll dance to that...especially when you're waiting for the game to start!
(We arrived at 6 p.m. and the game started at 9 p.m.)
The Dutch were NOT supposed to win this game with Spain,
the reigning world champion, but they did: 5-1.
This video is the reaction on the big screen after the first goal by the Dutch.
(Astrid says that's her whistling in the beginning.)
En dat was het. And that was it.
My birthday celebration at a real Dutch BBQ with a World Cup win!
It doesn't get much better than that for a full-moon Friday the 13th.
Hup Holland Hup