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Two Thai monks on the Dutch Queensday

Amsterdam, 02 May 2012.


I met these two friendly monks on Rosengracht here in my native Amsterdam on the Dutch Queensday when everybody is donned in orange clothes, orange, the tradional color of the Dutch royal house...


Queensday on the last day of April, the biggest party in Holland though when Holland wins an important soccer match you can be reasonably sure the street festivities can compete with those on the old queen her birthday - the present queen Beatrix never bothered to change the date to her own day of leaving the royal womb.


Considering their tradional orange wrap-arounds and everybody dressed in rediculous orange colored shirts, pants and even office suits with matching orange ties - can you believe it? - , half drunk on Heineken and playing the proverbial rowdy lagerlouds, I was lucky to spot them in the melee of the parting crowd, even managed to get their attention screaming Sawasdee Khap at them and being heard by their Thai ears...


Khop Khun Khap for your time, my Thai monk friends, hope you enjoy the sketch.

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Taken on May 2, 2012