Anouk Slijkerman, the Netherlands.
Get to know the Dutch
Cheese, tulips and riding bicycles. This is what most people think of when they think about The Netherlands, but there is so much more to know about this small country with almost 17 million inhabitants. It’s a very successful country with a lot of history. The Netherlands has a lot of traditions most people never heard of and food that you can’t buy in any other country. Such as drop, stroopwafels and poffertjes.
Netherlands or Holland?
To begin with, I would like to tell the difference between the Netherlands and Holland. Most people are very confused by this. Sometimes when I say, I’m from the Netherlands people don’t immediately know what that is, but when I say Holland, almost everyone knows about the small country. So to explain this difference, we have to look at some history. The netherlands as we know nowadays came into existence after napoleon in 1830. The kingdom also included Belgium and Luxemburg. Later, Belgium and Luxemburg became independent countries. Nowadays, the Netherlands has 12 provinces. Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland, Utrecht, North-Holland, South-Holland, Zealand, North Brabant and Limburg. So, Holland is basically North-Holland and South-Holland combined. Holland was famous during the Dutch golden age, the 17th century, because of their many ships who tried to establish the trading routes. The Netherlands didn’t exist back then, so the sailors referred to their city state, South-Holland and North-Holland. So, Holland refer to the Netherlands as a synonym, but this is not true.
Sinterklaas is a Dutch tradition for small children. Not every citizen likes this tradition, some people consider it as racist tradition because of ‘Zwarte Piet’.
The history of Sinterklaas starts in Turkey. Sint-Nicolaas (original name of Sinterklaas) was the bishop of Myra, a town in Turkey. Because of all the good deeds Nicolaas did, such as giving money to the poor, people professed him as a Saint. A lot of legends started to follow about this man and all his good deeds. So Sinterklaas is originally a Catholic tradition. Sinterklaas has helpers called Zwarte Piet. People aren’t sure where Zwarte Piet originally came from but there is a suggestion. People say that Sinterklaas helped them from escaping slavery, and as an reward they kept helping Sinterklaas. Nowadays, Sinterklaas gives children presents on December 5th. Every year, he arrives in a big boat with his helpers in Holland. Mostly on November 11th. Children put their shoe under the fire place, and every once a week Zwarte Piet comes through the chimney to deliver a present in the shoe of the kid. Some people suggest that this is why Zwarte Piet is black. During Sinterklaas we eat pepernoten. Pepernoten stand for the money that Sinterklaas gave to the poor. They are small cookies made with dutch cookie species and a lot of sugar.
King Day, or Koningsdag how the Dutch call it. This is a day where we celebrate the birthday of the King. Kingsday originally started as ‘prinsessendag’, princess day, which was the celebration of the birthday of princess Wilhelmina. This was on August 31th 1890. 5 Years later, when her daughter Juliana became queen, princess day became Queens Day and was hold on April 30th, the birthday of queen Juliana. Queen Juliana her daughter, who became queen in 1980 decided to keep Queensday on Juliana her birthday in honor to her mother. When King Willem-Alexander, the current king and son of Beatrix became king in 2013, he decided to change it to Kingsday and moved it to april 27th, his birthday.
On Kingsday, most schools, stores and businesses are closed in The Netherlands, so everyone can celebrate the birthday of the king. In the morning, streets are covered with orange decoration and there’s a flea market on every street where people can sell their used stuff. People also play Dutch traditional games. One of the game is Koekhappen, Koekhappen is a game where people have to catch cake dangling from a string in their mouths. In the afternoon, there are big parties in every city and there are a lot of festival with famous DJ’s such as Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren.
So this were 2 of the Dutch Holidays. Sinterklaas and Koningsdag. But what about the food? There are a lot of typical Dutch dishes. During winter the Dutch love to eat hot, home prepared meals for dinner. One of them is ‘hutspot’ (which can be roughly translated as “shaken pot”). The main ingredients are carrots, boiled and mashed potatoes and onions. All the ingredients are mashed together and it’s mostly served with ‘rookworst’. Rookworst is a smoked sausage.
There are also Dutch sweets and cookies. Stroopwafel is the most popular kind of cookie in the county. Stroopwafel are two waffles glued together with caramel. The waffles get hard but the caramel stays soft. You can buy different types of them. You can buy fresh made ones on the market, but you can also buy them in the supermarket. You can even buy them at Publix, but these are way more expensive than the ones you can buy in the Dutch supermarket.
So I hope you learned a lot moreabout this small country. Are you planning on visiting this country? Come during koningsdag or Sinterklaas. And are you hungry? Go to a restaurant and ask for Hutspot with Rookworst. Maybe you can explain to a Dutch local what the difference is between Holland and the Netherlands. Because there are even people in the country self, who don’t know the difference. The next time you hear a person say, I’m from the Holland. You can ask them, North or South Holland. If they say an other part. Correct them and say no, you mean the Netherlands.
Jasmin Hengartner, Switzerland
Most visited Place:
Is State Street, you can buy there everything you want from clothes to food. I walk everyday across the State Street, but if you want to walk the hole street, you have to be sporty because its a long street. There is a little Passage called Paseo Nuevo, where are cute stores and many little restaurants. But State Street is a expensive street, if you want to safe money, you should probaply go to another one. I think the street is the most popular thing in Santa Barbara, because you can meet people and do a lot.
Most Beautiful Beach:
Is Butterfly beach. He is a bit farer away than West Beach, but i think it is worth it. The water is very clearly and there is more sober sand. You have more space because there are not many people. I was there for two times and i loved it. In the wate you can see some small fishes, they are very cute.
The best food is across the street from our EF school and called South Coast Deli. They serve sandwiches, paninis and many salads. All food is fresh and every student from EF is going there. I think because of the cheap prices and big sizes from the meals. So you dont have to be hungry anymore.
By Abdulaziz Jastaniah, Saudi Arabia.
The Weather :
The weather in Santa Barbara has warmer winters and cooler summers compared to places farther inland. In the winter, storms reach California, some of which have heavy rainfall.
State Street :
Is the best street i have ever seen, it has a lot of interesting places. Also, you can find everything you want. For example,there are a lot of american restaurant, movie theaters, Pharmacies, supermarkets, coffees, libraries, Apple store, shopping places and more ! There are a lot of celebrations every year on this street.
The Beach :
I used to go to the beach every weekend. I always went there with my friends and played volleyball together and sometimes swam. I really loved it and i had great time there.
Kenta Yamauchi, Japan
Tokyo is the most famous Japanese city. In addition,Tokyo is a major city in Japan.
There are a variety of attractions in Tokyo,for example,Tokyo Tower,Sky Tree…
I think you guys ought to come to Japan!
2 .My Food Recommendations
Japanese food is very delicious and famous around the world. I love Japanese food.
Anyway I will introduce my recommended food.
Tokyo is a beautiful town.You know?
Have you been there? You should come to Tokyo! Some famous places are Tokyo station,Sky Tree,Tokyo Tower,Asakusa Temple…
In addition to that I will also introduce you to a lot of good place.
Vivian Grunauer, Switzerland
Kayanh Lee, Belgium
Pierina Staub, Switzerland
Leslie Ruys, the Netherlands
A lot of people think of a healthy lifestyle as a task, something that makes life harder then it already is.You always have to watch what you’re eating, can’t have a dessert, no chocolate, no sweets, always a structured diet you have to follow. But nothing can be more wrong. A healthy lifestyle is indeed about healthy foods like vegetables, salads, fruit, fresh meat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a sweet or chocolate from time to time. Of course, if you want to lose weight or are training for a special competition you have to watch more than others what you eat. But a healthy lifestyle is about eating fresh and no processed foods.
First of all, for me it is easy to follow a healthy lifestyle because eating fast food or a lot of chocolate makes me feel dirty. Fast food especially is produced in a unhealthy, disgusting way with products that shouldn’t be allowed in your body. Of course I like a hamburger from In and Out sometimes. You have cravings for something fried or something that is bad for you, that is okay, you can eat it. A healthy lifestyle isn’t about torturing and forbidding yourself to eat something ‘bad.’ It is meant to make you feel happy and good about yourself. If a hamburger once a month makes you happy, then eat that hamburger.
Some people that start a healthy lifestyle begin to diet to an extreme level. They forbid all foods that can make you fat and eat less and less. They feel good but also miserable because in their heads they can’t go out to have a hamburger or pizza with friends, no ice cream in the summer and don’t get me started about chocolate.
A healthy lifestyle is about being happy and feeling good and energised about yourself, having a lot of energy and eating what you love. You can eat vegetables and fruits, fresh food as much as you like. 400 calories from risotto with vegetables is much better for your body then 400 calories from a Mars bar. After a while you feel heatlhier in your body, you will be happier and have a lot more energy.
By Luara Garcia, Brazil
- What is your name and where are you from? My name’s Juliette Asselin, I’m from Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada.
- How old are you? I’m 16 years old.
- Tell me one typical food of your country: Poutine, which is fried cheese with sauce.
- Do you play any sport? No, I don’t play any sport.
- Do like watching series? Which on do you like most? Yes, I like The Hundred pretty much; it has a lot of action.
- If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’d go to Japan, because is the opposite from where I live (food, life style, etc.).
- Why did you choose “Media and Journalism” as your SPIN class? Because it was the funniest one.
- Have you ever fall in love? How many times? Just once.
- How many languages do you speak? Which? Just 2, French and English.
- What do you like most in the United States that you don’t have in your country? Why? I like the beach. Because I like swimming in the ocean, is different from the pool, and I like being under the sun.
Jip Damen, Netherlands
What surprised me the most from travelling to the United States was the border control on consumables. Apparently one has to declare all the food, however few, he wishes to bring with him to the USA, not declaring can have penalties up to $10.000 as a consequence. Does it really matter if a single traveler brings some food with him? Why is the U.S. customs so strict on food specifically?
The main reason the US is so rigorous with food control is in order to prevent spreading of pesticides and animal diseases. This is why especially plant-based products like fruits and vegetables and animal-based products, like meat are most often not allowed to bring into the US. On the other hand, products that are prepared and packaged, and even cheese (with commercial label) are generally allowed when declared. The US CPB (Customs and Border Protection) thinks meat, fruit and vegetables can be a thread to the economy and livestock industry, as they say:
“Agricultural pests and diseases are a threat to U.S. crop production and to the livestock industry. Some animal diseases can be highly contagious and could cause severe economic damage to livestock and result in losses in production, which could lead to increased costs for meat and dairy products. Plant pests and disease, as well as invasive plant material can cause crop loss and also damage lawns, ornamental plants, and trees. Plant pest infestations can result in increased costs to consumers due to pest eradication efforts as well as lower crop yields. High risk plant pest and animal disease outbreaks within the U.S. could also adversely affect the economy as a result of reduced trade of U.S. origin goods to countries around the world.”
by Fiona Gauthier-FRANCE
I’ve been in Santa Barbara for 4 months. I have had time to discover different places where I can eat. I’m a international student I know how hard it can be for a stranger to live in another country because we miss our home food very much, especially when you come from France. In my opinion, it’s important to present some places where people can feel at home or feel comfortable eating something new. Also when you are a student you are looking for something not too expensive.
What is the first thing you think of when you want to eat inexpensively? Of course, the answer will be the fast food and it’s true it’s the first place where we can eat cheaply. However, nowadays we need to think about our health and, as a result, we can find place low-priced healthy food. First of all, in California it’s known that people are more concerned about their health. As a result we can find some places where we can eat natural organic food. I can recommend you to go to “The Natural Café.” It’s a really good place to eat fresh food. There are sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta, pizza… All these things are cooked with very good ingredients and for a really reasonable price. My favorite is the “Roasted Turkey Sandwich” with fresh turkey breast with lettuce, sprouts, tomato, red onion, on 9-grain bread with dijon mustard and garlic mayo. It costs only $7.79 and it’s served with purple chips. This is really the best meal for me because it’s a big sandwich and I don’t need anything else.
Secondly, if you need a small snack you should go to “Backyard Bowls.” You can find fresh fruit there. There are really good smoothies. They also make bowls with fruits and other natural toppings. It’s the perfect place to have a snack and be healthy. If you want to go there, I suggest you to order the “Acai” smoothies. There are acai, banana, strawberry, blueberries, and apple juice. It costs only $4.96 for the small bowl and $6.46 for the large. There are really fresh smoothies, which are perfect for warm weather. They also have some really good breakfasts for people who like to eat fruit and yogurt. Moreover, the atmosphere is nice, people are really friendly. It’s a good place to spend a good time with some friends.
Thirdly, the last restaurant that I can recommend to you is the “Savoy Café & Deli .” This restaurant is known to have the best fresh salad bar in town. There are many choices so it can make everybody happy. You can find fresh elements for an easy breakfast and also good meals for lunch and dinner. It’s possible to make your own sandwich and choose the ingredients that you want. You won’t be disappointed with your sandwich. They offer a variety of over 43 hot and cold dishes that can be purchased individually by weight or chosen on paired on a combo plate. Moreover this place is located in downtown Santa Barbara.
I hope that I gave you some good ideas to eat healthy for less expensive prices. I really recommend you to try these places if you like to eat healthy. Furthermore their atmospheres are really nice and you feel comfortable eating there.