Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk is a village that is located on polder. “What is a polder?” you may ask, well a polder is essentially reclaimed land that is artificially pumped, which in this case is pumped by the windmills you see here. These windmills are perhaps the most distinguishable cultural symbol of Holland and in turn The Netherlands. The other most identifiable symbol of The Netherlands are clogs, note in the photos below, i’m modelling clogs in front of a windmill which is perhaps the mostΒ accurate depiction of the whole country (sarcasm). In all seriousness these windmills are still in use although backed up with pumps, and are a engineering marvel in and of themselves. The story behind the name comes from a story during a flood where a baby was seen floating down stream in a basket. The only thing keeping the baby from toppling over and falling into the water was a cat who was balancing the basket to keep the baby afloat. This legend in turn gave the village its name which is composed of Kinder (Dutch for Children) + Dijk thus ‘Children’s Dike’.

The site is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to both its cultural symbolism and its engineering marvels. There were lots of cool things we learned and saw including how the family of the windmill operator lived inside the windmill (they served as houses), and the signals that the position of the windmills blades communicate over the large expanse of space they cover. If you love cool windmills this is definitely something you should check it for sure!

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