Chances are that you might have heard this expression from your Dutch friends after a night of heavy partying on their side or during a pub crawl. In the literal sense, the expression referred to ships that used to have to wait in a queue in front of a sandbank in the IJlake (then still called the Zuiderzee) until the tide was high enough to lift them over, allowing them to reach their final destination in the west: the nearby Amsterdam harbor.
Sinterklaas. It is one of the first things that Dutch people mention when you ask about something typically Dutch. Simultaneously, it is amongst the most ill-explained celebrations abroad. And every year, there is the ongoing discussion on whether it is racist or not. This week, even the United Nations decided to get involved. Some clarifications.