Happy New Year! Time flies, but I hope we will often meet in 2013 in good health!
Last week Friday I came home, and therefore this post is about the Netherlands again.
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The Netherlands has twelve provinces, two of them are called Holland( North- and South- Holland) because hundreds of years ago the Earl of Holland was considered to be more important than other earls and even than the duke of Brabant. Anyway one of the other provinces is Zeeland. That's where my relatives and ancestors originated from. New Zealand is named after this province. This province has often played an important role in the history of my country. Michiel de Ruyter,the famous Admiral of the Dutch navy, was born here.During WW II Zeeland was inundated by the Germans, later in 1953 we had a terrible flood caused by a gale. There were many casualties. From all over the world volunteers came to Zeeland to offer their help and skills to rebuild the country. That's why I started to join international workcamps during the summer holidays, which was very interesting. Because I met many students from all over the world, some of whom I still see.