Some of you guessed Austria, Yugoslavia, Pennsylvania Dutch (drop the Pennsylvania portion), and Holland. But Holland is technically not correct, it is actually the name given to two provinces in The Netherlands (Zuid Holland and Noord Holland). And then there is also Holland, Michigan, which happens to be home to many immigrants from the Netherlands. It also has a nice airport (KBIV).
I have been an American citizen for quite some time (I’ve lived in the United States since 1975), but the Dutch language will stay with me forever. So will tulips, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh.
Now, guess what my maiden name is? Half of the telephone book in Holland, Michigan, has people listed by that name…
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