By the time I publish this post, the Dutch is in the middle of celebrating the most anticipated day nationwide: Queen’s Day (koninginnedag) on April 30.
April 30 is the birth of Queen Juliana, the Mother of Queen Beatrix. She maintained her mother’s birthday as the official date of Queen’s day until she abdicates her throne to the eldest son, Willem-Alexander on April 30, 2013. Yep, it means today. It also signifies the last day of Koninginnedag. Starting from 2014, the celebration will be called Koningsdag (King’s Day), followed by the change of its official date into 27 April based on the new king’s birthday. (Wikipedia)
Collecting free postcards was one of my hobbies during my study life in The Netherlands until year 2009 besides mingling with other oranjegekte, as mentioned in my previous post. When I left the country for good, I managed to bring over 300 pieces back home by a cargo aircraft.
The following are some of the last Queen’s Day special edition postcards, printed by Boomerang, when Queen Beatrix was still in reign. With a little help from Photoshop and tons of imagination, only sky is the limit for the creators. Sending invitations to world leaders to attend the festive event is simply unnecessary to make it happen.
Yeah, right. Obama and Putin become oranjegekte…
…so do Sarkozy and ehm…who’s the other politician next to him? Belusconi? Sorry I’m not good at politics.
Punch the black hole, with the inscription “BIER HIER” (beer here), in Queen Beatrix’s mouth, with your fingers to create the actual hole. Beer is inseparable from the best party in the world. The Queen is no exception.
Compare the original poster of The Matrix with its parody version. Willem-Alexander replaces Neo (Keanu Reeves), Maxima replaces Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). Beatrix replaces Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). Even the title is changed into Beatrix. Should it be re-titled Wim-Lex or Wim-Trix next year?
Lang leve de koningin! Long live the queen! Starting next year, don’t forget to say Lang leve de koning! Long live the king!
While I was looking at my free postcard collections, I suddenly found the longest word count postcard I’ve ever had that really fits my travel blog, depicting various moods and feelings travellers might experience on their journeys. I started collecting postcards during my study life in The Netherlands in 2002 to save money on greeting cards. Somehow the new hobby is addictive, so I’ve got hundreds of them with me until now and still counting.
Most postcards I have are printed by Boomerang and distributed in public places, namely cinemas, restaurants, cafe, bars, universities, theater and health clubs in several European countries.
The following postcard was printed in 2003 in The Netherlands to promote works by a Dutch artist Esther Kokmeijer on her website www.estherkokmeijer.nl. Her works are mainly inspired during her travels around the globe.
The back part of the card says, “Boomerang supports travellers.”
I retype what it says in the front part in case you can’t read it clearly:
Anything left? Nope? Phew! Total inscription word count: 503 words! It’s amazing how a postcard could hold so many words without a back page contribution. Please note that the 503 words are gathered in 1 sentence only!
So what’s the moral behind it? My interpretation is both good and bad situation, mood and feeling during the trip are part of the art of travelling. They should not kill the spirit of exploring beauty and wonders of the world through travelling. I believe it is the first and foremost resolution of true and avid travellers. Suppose you’re still thinking what resolution you need to make this year, may be you can put this one first on your list. Whether it’s the first, third, tenth or seventieth resolution, it’s your call.
In the future, I will occasionally post my other selected postcard collections that are interesting to share or related to my post.
Gellukig nieuwjaar en goede reis! Happy new year and have a great trip! (Ehm, slightly too late for a new year greeting?)