It may be Christmas in our house, but beyond these four walls, Sinterklaas rules. Though we opted not to join the parade welcoming him to Amsterdam from Spain (see last year’s photos), at this time of year, Sinterklaas and his sooty-skinned helper Zwarte Piet are inescapable.
Sint and his hardworking crew caught up with us during a weekend visit to Het Scheepvart Museum, the Maritime Museum. The museum officially serves as Het Pakhuis van Sint Nicolaas, or St. Nicholas’s warehouse, in the run-up to Sint’s big day on the 5th of December.
Het Pakhuis van Sint is where kids of all ages can come to whisper their wishes to the Big Baas (boss) himself, and see where he stocks his presents.
Of course, where Sint is, his team of Zwarte Piets is sure to follow.
The Pakhuis is where the Pieten meet and greet curious kiddies…
hand out pepernoten (ginger spiced cookies), and generally do all sorts of fun stuff…
with their special place to sleep and rest in between all that hard work.
Best of all: Sinterklaas’s very own steamboat is parked out back!
This is how Sint gets to Amsterdam from Spain, where he spends most of his year (I don’t blame him). If I wasn’t already set to fly home for my yearly dose of sunshine, I would be sorely tempted to stow away with Sint. Especially if there were pepernoten to sustain me on the journey.
Drop by over the weekend for more of our visit to the Maritime Museum, which is great for Amsterdam with kids (or kids at heart). And read this hilarious letter to Sint by British expat blogger Stu—so clever, it warranted a response from the Man himself!