Flowery Fietsen

(cc: Photo from ZenAngie on Flickr)

If the word “cute” can be used to describe a country, Holland has to be one of the cutest countries I’ve ever visited. I’ve already written about the Dutch gift for interior design and their ability to artfully decorate their (curtainless) windows.

Well, since returning this summer, I’ve noticed that the Dutch desire for decoration extends to their beloved bicycles. Many bicycles (presumably belonging to women) are adorned with colourful fake flowers – sometimes poking out of the bicycle basket, sometimes covering the handlebars, sometimes woven across the frame or even the bike lock.

It could be tacky, but really it’s just so cute.

Sometimes the bicycles are also spray-painted bright colours like pink or yellow.  But I think the motivation for this might be more practical than aesthetic – it’s easier to find your bicycle among the hundreds of bicycles (fietsen) in the bicycle parking lot if it happens to be neon orange.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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