First stop: Maritime Museum, just down the street, to await the arrival of Sint's "pakjesboot."
|Waiting for Sint at the Maritime Museum (Scheepvaartmuseum)!|
|"Who is nice? And who is naughty?"|
|SINTERKLAAS! And the Zwarte Pieten!|
|Pieten on the loose!|
|Zuiderbad... isn't it fancy for 2.50 euro per visit?|
|That is a special umbrella, especially for catching kruidnoten.|
|Politie without a helmet!|
|Politie with a helmet!|
|Making kids sing for flags.|
|This kid knew how to use his kruidnoten-catcher.|
|One of many Piet bands.|
|Piet on a fake horse.|
|Off-center axle bike Piet.|
With all this excitement, where was the man himself?
|Sint! There he is, and there is his famous white horse, Amerigo.|
|Piet on a real horse.|
|There were several Tractor Horses.|
|Gangnam style Pieten.|
The highlight of the parade was when a Piet caught Ed looking the other direction and shot-putted a fistful of kruidnoted at his face. I'll bet those crafty Pieten love to catch confused-looking expats. Another Piet [cautiously] took Ed's Seahawks hat and filled it with kruidnoten.
A day well spent. To top it off, I had a fun scavenger hunt waiting for me at home, with a Donald Duck Christmas comic as a prize! Sinterklaas must have had a "pakketje" on his "boot" with my name on it.