In previous posts I’ve made reference to the early closing times of shops in Holland (and, more generally, the tendency for Dutch people to do everything on the early side).
Initially, I had a few frustrating shopping experiences, arriving at a store at 6:02pm on a Tuesday night only to find the staff locking up and leaving for the “night.” Now I’ve gotten used to the Dutch shopping rhythms and I know to do all my shopping in one of three possible time slots:
a) During my lunch “hour” (which is actually a half hour, so not very convenient);
b) On Thursday evenings after work, when “late” night shopping means the shops stay open until 9pm; or
c) On the first Sunday of the month, the so-called Koopzondag.
Translated literally, Koopzondag means “Sale” Sunday, but there isn’t necessarily any sale on. It just means that the shops are open, so perhaps the better translation is “Shopping Sunday.” They are always posters in the shopping mall advertising when the next Shopping Sunday is, proudly displaying the extensive 12pm to 5pm opening times. There are some things I miss about America…