BACKPACKING TO EUROPE – PART 9: WALKING AROUND ZAANSE SCHANS IN WINTER

Previously

As we entered Zaanse Schans area, I could see what looked like small droplets coming from the sky. I thought it was drizzling but I was not wet. I looked at my winter jacket and saw white powdery things on the jacket. “Oh my God, honey, it is snow!!!“, I excitedly screamed at my wife. I was so excited even though they were just tiny snow. I was so happy to see one in front of my own eyes. Now, I could not wait to see how Zaanse Schans looks like in winter.

Elok je kami masuk dalam kawasan Zaanse Schans, aku nampak titisan air jatuh dari langit. Aku kata kat Mira, “hujan ke sayang?” tapi, tak basah pula. Aku tengok winter jacket aku dan nampak macam serbuk putih penuh kat atas jaket aku. “Ya Allah sayang!! Salji lahhh!”, aku jerit kat Mira. Sempatlah buat video untuk IG Story. Teruja sangat sebab walaupun dia kecil kecil je, tapi pertama kami dapat tengok salji depan mata!

Near the entrance, the place where I excitedly told her: snow!!!

Zaanse Schans is quite huge. There are several windmills and most of the windmills are historic since they were built long long time ago. They are even connected to each other – the windmills are there to produce essence and stuff for the painting industry in Holland.

Zaanse Schans ni agak besar kawasannya. Ada beberapa kincir angin dan boleh kata hampir kesemua kincir angin kat sini bersejarah sebab dah dibina sekian lama. Semua kincir angin di sini pula berkaitan antara satu sama lain sebab setiap kincir angin berfungsi untuk mengeluarkan salah satu bahan untuk industri lukisan di Belanda.

The windmills in Zaanse Schans.
Hi there.

When we were there, some of the windmills were closed and others operated as usual. We walked and took photos around the area. The air was getting more freezing as time flies and the snow fell heavier. I asked my wife to pass me my beanie to cover my head since the chilly air had made my ears painful and burning.

Masa kami jalan, ada kincir angin yang tutup dan ada yang berfungsi seperti biasa. Kami pun pusing-pusing jalan-jalan dan ambil gambar banyak-banyak di kawasan ni. Makin lama, udara makin sejuk dan salji pun makin banyak. Terus aku minta Amira tolong ambilkan beanie aku dari dalam beg. Tak tahan woooo. Pedih telinga.

Looking at the beautiful view.
Snowy.

We walked along the small lane and I saw a ‘hot chocolate here’ signage in the first windmill. I needed the warmth so I ordered 2 cups of hot chocolate, 1.75 Euros each and were given 2 cinnamon biscuits to go with the hot chocolate. It was such an amazing feeling to drink that under the freezing afternoon weather. Back in Malaysia, I would avoid hot drinks in the afternoon or else I would sweat like crazy.

Kami dok jalan kat satu jalan yang kecil sampai lah nampak papan tanda ‘hot chocolate’ kat salah satu kincir angin. Terus aku dan Amira masuk dan pesan 2 cawan coklat panas. Satu 1.75 Euro harganya. Dapat sekali dengan biskut cinnamon, dia punya feel, lain macam. Syok sangat. Hehe. Kalau kat Malaysia, siang-siang tengahari tu jangan haraplah aku nak minum air panas. Tak pasal-pasal bermandi peluh nanti.

Hot Chocolate inside.
Price list.
Heaven.

Soon, we continued our walk until we reached the final windmill. Amira and I decided to take a look inside when a man working for the windmill greeted us at the entrance. “Hello there! Come on in! You guys are heroes!“, he said. “Yep, we are coming in“, I told him. At the counter, we paid 4 Euros each to enter the windmill. The same guy told us “You guys are heroes, bracing the cold weather until up here“. When he said that, I peeked from the glass at the door and realized that the place was almost deserted. Since the weather was too cold and the wind was too strong, I bet most people opted to stay indoors in one of the windmills.

Lepas dah habis minum, kami teruskan perjalanan sampailah kami tiba di kincir angin yang hujung sekali. Kami bercadang nak masuk dalam tengok. Tiba-tiba, ada seorang abang tolak troli tegur kami “Hello there! Come on in! You guys are heroes!”. “Haah, memang kami nak masuk pun”, aku jawab kat dia. Tapi, dalam bahasa Inggeris lah. Kami bayar 4 Euro seorang. Abang tadi tu ada dalam tu. Dia kata “You guys are heroes, bracing the cold weather until up here”. Aku intai-intai ke luar, patutlah. Dah tak ada orang jalan-jalan kat jalan yang kami lalu tadi. Sejuk sangat gamaknya.

Smiling in coldness.
At the warehouse for logs.

We explored the windmill and was given a demonstration on how the windmill operates. The one we entered is the windmill for oil production and honestly, it was an educating experience. I totally recommend anyone who is visiting the windmills in Zaanse Schans to at least visit and enter one of the windmills.

Kami pun ambil kesempatan untuk tengok apa ada dalam kincir angin tu. Lepas tengok video, salah seorang pekerja dalam tu tunjukkan kami cara-cara nak hasilkan minyak untuk cat lukisan. Serius, memang lawatan yang sangat bermanfaat. Kalau sesiapa nak ke Zaanse Schans, tolonglah lawat dan masuk salah satu kincir angin yang ada.

Heating the seed.
The grinder.
Inside the windmill.
I love this place.

We spent more than half an hour in the windmill, exploring the area, asking questions and looked at the items available inside it. After the demonstration was over, we thanked the people inside the windmill and walked back to the beginning of the road.

Lebih setengah jam juga kami di dalam kincir angin tu. Lepas dah habis demonstrasi, kami pun ucap terima kasih, bagi tips sikit dan kami jalan semula ke kawasan luas dekat dengan tandas di permulaan jalan tadi.

Leaving the oil mill.

More photos whilst walking around Zaanse Schans:

Next: Part 10

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The windmills are opened for visit everyday for a minimal fee. The one I entered, the oil mill costs 4 Euros per person. It is recommended to visit one of the windmills to see how it actually works. An eye opener for me. And Zaanse Schans in winter is totally pretty for me.

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8 thoughts on “BACKPACKING TO EUROPE – PART 9: WALKING AROUND ZAANSE SCHANS IN WINTER

  1. I smiled at your enthusiasm about the snow. Living in Canada we ‘enjoy’ it for 6 months a year. :) Seems like you had a wonderful visit. Aren’t windmills amazing?

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