Another thing that impressed me a lot in my early time living in the Netherlands, especially #Eindhoven
, is how Dutch people like to ride bicycle. I was told about this before departing from Indonesia. More than that, I found that bicycle is a kind of traditional transportation tool for them. I tend to say that bicycle is part of Dutch culture.
I found the first impressive thing about Dutch people and bicycle on my third day. I was waiting for the bus to go somewhere when I saw a man on his bike. I sat on a stool as the bus would arrive in five minutes based on the schedule. The man stopped and tried to start a conversation. When he found I do not speak Dutch, he started talking in English with a thick Dutch accent. He asked me where I am from and what did I do. When he found I was waiting for the bus, he smiled and said that I should use a bike as my destination could be reached easily with bike. Furthermore, he said, young men should not use the bus too much as old persons like him still use bicycles.
I had not had any bikes so it was impossible to follow his suggestion. I was only curious about the fact that he labeled himself as an old person. When I asked his age, he said he was 70 years old. That was surprising for me. More surprisingly, his friends came later and they were older. They said they had used bicycle for tens of years and it had been an integral part of their life, thus they wanted to use bicycle until their very last day. I found what they said awesome. As a new person in this country, I was really impressed so that I missed my bus.
The photo I am sharing was taken from a small street named Kleine Berg. I cycled through that street almost every day in my first two years in Eindhoven.
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