A Flamingo in Utrecht is a great blog because Alison, an American in Utrecht, the Netherlands, takes pictures all around Utrecht and it’s wonderful that I can see the familiar places and streets. Most of the time it’s also nice to see what’s new. The Nijntje (Miffy) statue is new, for instance. But then I see this picture and I’m shocked—shocked I tell you.
I always thought that only in America would they heat the outdoor air. But this is in Utrecht! And this isn’t even an outdoor patio. They seem to be heating the street.
Okay, maybe they put out tables later, but that’s not the point. Here I am, righteously indignant all this time about American energy wastefulness, and it turns out that the Dutch are doing the very same thing the moment I turn my back for a decade or two.
Holland, Holland, what am I going to do with you? First the national anthem and now this. No, I’m not angry, just disappointed. I expect better from you. Because my blog depends on it. Sigh . . .