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  bicycling on one of the Dutch Islands
by sim1

Ascension Day (or Hemelvaart in Dutch) is another national Holiday. Everyone has the day off, although there is a trend that more and more shops open on this day.

There are some funny traditions for what you can do on this day. The one in the area were I live is called "Dauwtrappen", which literally translated means "dewkicking". Now you can call us crazy (and I call the ones that do get up so early really crazy) but this is what it is all about : You get up way to early in the morning, and by early I am thinking of 5 o'clock (I have never done that though, hahaha). That explains the "dew" part in the expression. And at this early hour you start a cyclingtour, which means you have to start "kicking" the paddles. So that is why it is called "dewkicking". But this is not a normal cyclingtour, it is a very relaxing one. All the terraces are open and you can stop a lot of times on your trip to have a drink. You can understand this is very popular among the teenagers. They even put a crate of beer on the back of their bike to have a drink for on the way.

On a nice sunny day it is really fun to cycle on this particular day, a lot of people are cycling and enjoying a drink on the terrace, there is a lot of atmosphere.

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2005
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