Guyito in the Netherlands: Touring the Zaanse Schans


I'm enjoying the view!

Guyito enjoying the windmills

Kumusta? To make up for my long absence here, I’ll take you today to a beautiful, beautiful place called Zaanse Schans. It is a little village that’s just about a 40-minute ride from the Amsterdam Central Station.

Zaanse Schans is a reminder of the how life was back in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the traditional houses in Zaanse Schans are now museums, gift shops, or workshops, while others are still used as private residences. Lucky people!

Now let me take you to some interesting things and places in Zaanse Schans.

Here, you see the windmills. There are 10 pairs of sail in Zaanse Schans that continue to turn. They are used for sawing wood and grinding oil, flowers, and spices. Pretty helpful, aren’t they?
Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) 4

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Het Jonge Schaap 4

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Sawmill Het Jonge Schaap 2

Then, there is the cheese farm where a demonstration on how the traditional Dutch cheese is held. Oh, and guests are welcome to sample their cheese products 😉

So cheese-sy :-)

So cheese-sy 🙂

There are craft museums, too, that shows demonstration like shoemaking.
Guyito and the wooden shoe maker

Will they ever make shoes for me? 🙂

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Het Jonge Schaap 3

Zaanse Schans (Zaandam) Sawmill Het Jonge Schaap 1
Well, that’s it for now. I hope you enjoyed my story and photos on Zaanse Schans. Next time I’ll take you to a flower market!


Guyito in The Netherlands: Klompen!


Guyito on klompen

I wonder if they have these in my size 🙂

Goede dag! I am continuing on with my adventures in The Netherlands. Today I have been introduced to klompen, the traditional Dutch wooden shoes, which are actually clogs. The Dutch people wore them hundreds of years ago to keep their feet dry and warm in muddy farm fields. During the industrial revolution, the klompen became popular in many countries in Europe primarily because it is comfortable for walking and standing for long periods.

Guyito and Dutch wooden shoes

Guyito and Dutch wooden shoes on display

Klompen shoemaking is still an important industry in the country, although klompen are not worn anymore as popularly as in the old days. People who usually wear them today are farmers, fishermen, factory workers, and artisans. They wear klompen to protect their feet from things that might pierce a regular boot. Majority of the shops that make klompen, like this one that I visited in Zaanse Schans, produce them as tourist souvenirs.

Guyito and the wooden shoe maker

Visiting a Dutch wooden shoe maker

Thank you for reading. Next time, I will take you to a beautiful garden with lots, and I mean LOTS of tulips! Please stay tuned. 🙂