Yesterday an invitation landed in my inbox to a celebration of Queens Day at the Netherlands Consulate in Sydney. Only the biggest holiday of the year in the Netherlands so you’d think they’d be putting on quite a bash, wouldn’t you?

I was a bit suprised to read I had to pay $10.00 to attend the reception and suprise turned to shrieks of laughter when I discovered that in return for my ten dollars I would get two drink tokens. Any additional drinks would have to be purchased by me. Drink tokens no less!

(I think I’m having a flashback to the Heineken music hall…. would the consulate actually employ young lads with those beer backpacks who walked around filling up glasses from a squirty thing?)

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