I have to tell you, my title evokes a wistful airy feeling in me for just a moment. And I suppose I’m proud of the pun to the movie as well. So I’ll take it just one step further…’if you build it, they will come.’ Well indeed, the farmers of the Netherlands built their fields of tulips dreams and every year thousands and thousands of people come.
The landscape of this region of the Netherlands pulled on my Kansas heart. Another country, another language and yet so much felt so very familiar. Here the land is flat as a pancake. You can see for miles in any direction and touch the wide open sky. Farmers are driving their tractors on the highways, and their cows are grazing. Instead of fields of waving wheat, there are thousands and thousands of tulips, daffodils and hyacinth. These rainbow fields are everywhere and with them the smell of hyacinth in the wind.
We went over Easter weekend and spent a day in Keukenhof, which is the country’s world-famous tulip garden that opens every year for 2 months. I remarked to Mauricio that I didn’t understand how a garden could be profitable when only open 2 months a year. So, I asked at the info desk about admissions. That day, as of 3pm 40,000 tourists had come through and on average days they do business of 25,000-30,000 people per day.
I don’t recall if I’ve remarked to you before about how the German language has many similarities to the English language. I think it is general knowledge that Spanish has similarities to the English language as well (Spanglish anyone?). Our proximity to so many other languages has piqued my interest in noticing and finding these similarities and crossovers. So would it surprise you if I said that Dutch has similarities to both German and also to English? There are these language crossovers all over; Italian and Spanish, Spanish and French, Portuguese and Spanish, Spanish and German. There are most assuredly others, but this is the extent of my reach so far. I have a few drafts of articles about these crossovers, but refrained from posting them because I thought maybe they’d be boring for you all. What do you think? Would you read a non-academy level article about language crossovers? I’d love your feedback on this idea.
Instead of leaving you with a language lesson today, I’ll leave you with a few facts about Tulips: