Mosquitos Enter the Netherlands
The Dutch are being affected by the Columbian Exchange still today. In an article I read from DutchNews.nl a mosquito carrying multiple diseases has invaded The Netherlands. The mosquito is known as the Tiger Mosquito. It has made its home around Amsterdam and Rotterdam. According to the article it may carry up to 20 different diseases including dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. They are believed to have traveled from China to the Netherlands with imports of tires and bamboo plants. This particular type of mosquitos is a day time feaster so it will bite you during the day. The article does not say how many people are thought to have transmitted diseases from the mosquito infestation. Even though I hate mosquitos I think that it interesting to see the effects of the Columbian Exchange still occurring.
Dutch police arrested a 19 year old woman on Monday who allegedly was involved in an art heist. Picasso’s “Tete d’Arlequin”, Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge” and Lucian Freud’s “Woman with Eyes Closed” were among the seven paintings taken. The woman arrested was from Romania. It has been said that she lived in the house where the paintings were brought after the heist and is the girlfriend of one of the thieves. According to the article,” Experts put the paintings’ value at between 100 and 200 million euros”. I looked it up and found out that 100-200 million euros equates to between 130,290,000 and 260,580,000 American dollars. That’s a lot of dough! The article doesn’t say whether the burglars have been caught yet but I really hope they have been seeing as 25 police officers are on the case.
Picasso’s “Tete d’Arlequin”
Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge”
Lucian Freud’s “Woman with Eyes Closed”
This article is all about the national holiday in The Netherlands known as Queen’s Day or Koninginnedag. It is a nationwide celebration of the queen’s birthday. It is basically a giant party which starts the night before and goes on throughout the rest of the next day. Also there something called an Orange Craze. According to the article, “Everywhere in the city you’ll see orange banners, orange coloered foods and drinks and… people dressed in Orange!” The color orange refers to the name of The Netherland’s royal family, The House of Orange. This year Queen’s Day will be celebrated on April 30th and it will be extra special for the people of The Netherlands because Queen Beatrix is abdicating her thrown the same day. While I really hate the color orange this holiday sounds awesome! I mean I know that we have Presidents Day but it’s totally lame by comparison to Queen’s Day. Almost everyone gets off school and/or work but there aren’t any festivities to enjoy or any real celebration. I wish that our President’s Day was more similar to The Netherland’s Queen’s Day.