Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The birthday of Sint Nikolaas

Either yesterday or today, 6 December, the birthday of the saintly bishop -- there appears to be a little uncertainty...
Many of the delightful songs sung in the Netherlands around Sinte-Klaas-time tell of the howling wind and driving rain. Not a sign of that here in Dubai, of course.
We drive to collect Isaak from school, under a, well -- not-quite-blistering but still pretty-powerful -- midday sun. The small children are collected by parents or nannies and whisked into cool cars.
Along the boulevards the sprinklers labour valiantly, combatting the desert drought. There are oleanders, bougainvillea and busy-lizzies and many small bright flowers. And in the distance the desert haze.

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