Viva Hollandia!

Today is the Netherlands’ first match of the World Cup. We’ll be playing against Denmark this afternoon. Seemingly half the country is either taking the day off work to watch the match, or they’ll be watching at work. Basically, if you’re trying to get in touch with anyone in the Netherlands today between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. CET, don’t bother. Sure, there are a handful of people not interested, but they probably won’t be able to hear past all the cheering and yelling anyway.

Viva Hollandia by Wolter Kroes is an older song, but it’s still gotten a lot of play recently. It’s timeless, I suppose! In fact, I could hear it being played somewhere last night as I was trying to go to sleep, so I ended up with the song in my head when I woke up this morning. I figured I might as well share it with you all. Most likely, we’ll hear it again today when we head to the Potdeksel to watch the game — if we get seats. The Potdeksel isn’t usually open on Mondays, but they’re opening early for today’s match. I think just about any bar and restaurant with a tv will be open today and showing the match. For those without access to a tv, but with internet, NOS, the Dutch channel showing the game, is going to be pumping out 120,000 live streams of the match. Internet might be a bit slow this afternoon as a result.

Let the real games begin! Wear some orange today and cheer on the Dutch team. Hup Holland Hup!

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6 thoughts on “Viva Hollandia!

  1. I guess the streets will be deserted and no one will pick up the phone in offices, helpdesks, etc! :o) I wonder if they’re also watching the game in schools?
    In Argentina, for the next match on Thursday, the children got the day free :o) You never know how far they will go in the WK so they better celebrate now!

  2. Since neither Canada nor Belgium is in the World Cup we’ll be cheering for Holland too. The only football game I ever saw in person was at the Ajax stadium – Holland vs the USA. It was such a fun time and the US got hammered. I’ve never seen so much orange in my life!

  3. Saw the Orange Army featured on CNN today before the game. Absolutely contagious enthusiasm. At the stadium, the orange color was just as “loud” as the vuvuzelas. 🙂

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