New Year's plunge

Those crazy Dutch! Once you survived Sinterklaas, Christmas and dodged the fireworks during new years eve you think you can finally relax. Well, guess again. How the tradition started I don’t know but on the first of January masses of children, parents, elderly and mostly hangovered adults run in the the ice cold sea wearing nothing but their swinging gear and o yes a little orange hat made by a sausage company.

When I mean masses I mean loads of milky white bodies running towards the sea like their life depends on it. Within seconds the same hurd runs back to their families who are standing by with dry towels and hot chocolate milk oh and a warm sausage. How the Dutch love their sausage!

Would you like to experience this strange tradition? Find here all the spots in the Netherlands where you can join the Unox plunge.  For those of you who would actually like to join in the stampeed and plunge, just take off your clothes and put on an orange hat on. No one will know if you chicken out at the last moment; just make sure to get that orange hat! Don’t fear too cold temperatures: it seems to be quite warm for the period of the year.

How about myself? I prefer to experience the plunge from aside, with a warm glühwein in my hand ;-).



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Arianna was born in Rome, Italy and grew up mostly in Florence. When she was 18 years old she came to the Netherlands, where she remained till today. Arianna likes to make trips, discover Haarlem, taste good food, meet internationals and share experiences. Currently she is living with her hubby and 3 toddlers in one of the cutest little neighborhoods of Haarlem, de Vijfhoek.

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