Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where is Flat Stanley?

Can you guess where I am from the pictures? Sometimes I am hard to find, like Waldo.

Look closer at this picture. What kind of soup do Dutch people eat?

I saw all the names in Dutch like: pompoensoep, kippensoep, tomatensoep, mexicaanse maissoep, groentesoep and erwtensoep.

Type in the Dutch soup names to learn the soup names in English.

Click the picture to make it bigger and find Flat Stanley.

For breakfast, Dutch children usually eat bread with cheese or chocolate sprinkles or chocolate spread. They do not eat cereal very often. These are the only cereals to choose from.

Can you see any familiar looking cereal boxes? 

Click the picture to make it bigger and find Flat Stanley.

Did you guess where Flat Stanley is yet? Yes, he is at the supermarket.

This doesn't look like Kroger, H-E-B or B&B in Sour Lake, Texas. Holland has smaller and different kinds of grocery stores with names like Albert Heijn, Super de Boer, Jumbo and this one called Plus.

In this picture I am with the cheese slicers. All those big orange wheels are Dutch cheese. Dutch people eat a lot of cheese, sometimes for both breakfast and lunch on bread.

These two Plus supermarket helpers took a picture with me and helped me cut the cheese. The lady on the right is not sleeping. She is really good at cutting cheese and laughing at my jokes.

Riding the train

My name may be Flat Stanley, but in Holland I also feel like Short and Small Stanley. Here is a picture of me riding in the train to Utrecht. Look at me in this giant chair.

Everybody seems so tall here, both ladies and gentlemen. I have seen the biggest castle, the tallest bridge and perhaps the tallest people in the world.

Help me:
Am I so small or are Dutch people really tall?
Find the answer

Crossing the Erasmus Bridge

The Erasmus Bridge is one of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the Netherlands. "Erasmusbrug" is a draw bridge and allows giant cargo ships to move through the port of Rotterdam. 

Erasmus Bridge is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world. The bridge is 139 meters tall making it the tallest Dutch bridge. 

Help me:
How tall is 139 meters if we make that into feet? 

Can you think of the animal nickname of the tall, white Erasmus Bridge?

Can you find out when the bridge opened?