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Windmills of Kinderdijk

Posted by on July 12, 2018

So while traveling around in Europe, I happen to be in the Netherlands where I got some inspiration from an unlikely source: a video game. Yes, that’s correct from a device where you work your thumbs! The video game that provided the motivational pills is Capcom Vs SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium. This game came out in the early 2000s and I used this a lot! One of the scenes that I’ve always liked was the Windmills background scene.

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Of course, the video game was totally different from reality. The game designers clearly got it all wrong. The windmills were not on flat, solid ground but instead by the water so they can push the water out so the Netherlands doesn’t get completely flooded in.

I don’t think many people know about this place where the Dutch created these windmills to push the water out so their lowland country doesn’t get inundated like the flood of Genesis where only Noak and his ark survive it all. Nowadays, they don’t really these windmills as they can generate energy from other sources, but it might be a good idea to keep them around for tourist purposes… and in case, a zombie apocalypse breaks out where civilization is in the crapper.

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As you can see, the game designers got it all wrong. Too much water here. I think they were thinking of Toledo, Spain, which was the setting of a famous book…

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…I wonder if Don Quixote would try to attack “El Gigante” if he were in Holland instead of Toledo, Spain. He might have fallen in the water instead and died of drowning for all that metal armor. That’s why I think the game designers should have set the scene in Spain, not the Netherlands!

If you get the chance, make a trip out there. The closest big city would have to be Rotterdam so it’s a fairly easy drive from there.