Anonymous of Holland            -A Dutchman in Korea-

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FIFA World Cup 2014

The World Cup is over, and what a time it was!

To be completely honest, I wouldn’t mind if they just kept playing for another month.

But, unfortunately, all awesome things have to come to an end and we have a lot to look back on.

Instead of posting my boring musings though, I’m going to let the images I saved from /sp/ do the talking. Like with every major worldwide event, there were plenty of awesome, witty and hilarious pictures out there that you might’ve missed.

Firstly, as is tradition, Japan has blessed us with anime versions of all the teams again:

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We were also lucky to receive some more Japanese support this time compared to the last WC, and we’ve got these to show for it:

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For some reason, our elftal ended up being a freaking meme machine this tournament.

First off we had our opening match against our 2010 World Cup Final rivals Spain. Most of the Netherlands expected a huge blowout..but not in our favor. As a Dutchman with a huge grudge towards Spain over that lost final and over the years of bandwagoning that followed, beating them with 5 to 1 and being able to call them 5PA1N is something I am forever grateful for.

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Van Persie’s amazing goal in our opening match landed him the nickname “The Flying Dutchman” and a bunch of awesome shoops:

 

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Arjen Robben (who clearly showed he’s easily the best player the Netherlands has right now if he’s in shape) had his fair share of fame as well.

His recognizable style of play that somehow no defender was able to hold off was rewarded with the nickname “Le cut inside man”:

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He also left a bad taste in the mouth of many butthurt Mexicans, with #noerapenal becoming one of the most recognizable tags of this World Cup.

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“Ja, maar ze liggen er uit.”

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Bruno Martins Indi also turned some heads with his awesome facial expressions:

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For a country as small as us, it is a true miracle that we have been relevant at the top level of international football for as long as we have.

Even this year, with a team that many people in our own country never expected to advance out of the group stages, the same team that was utterly humiliated at the European Cup just two years ago, we showed the world that this small country is a force to reckon with. We didn’t make it to the finals, but we got revenge on Spain, beat Brazil into a pulp and left this tournament undefeated. Thank you Orange Lions, thank you van Gaal and thank you based Cut Inside Man.

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One of the many things I love about Korea is that it has way more 'themed stores' than my own country. For some reason, some companies or brands such as Ghibli, Gundam, Kakao or, as in these pictures, Line, decide to spend millions creating beautiful flagship locations that feel like a mix of an exhibition space and a regular store.

This was the first time I visited the Line store in Itaewon since I'm not very interested in either Line nor Itaewon, but it was definitely a really cute sight to behold.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Seoul_Korea #Line #Kakao #LineFriends #LineStore #Store #Shop #Shops #Stores #Brand #Messenger #LineMessenger #Itaewon #LineFriendsItaewon
#서울 #이태원 #라인 #라인프렌즈 #카카오 #가게 #스토어 #라인스토어 #브랜드 A Gangnam view from the offices of my eye clinic, which is incidentally the reason I haven't posted anything in a while; I've been "busy" recovering from LASEK!

If you're interested in the process of getting vision correction surgery in Korea, check out my latest blog post. There's a link in my bio, or you can Google 'Anonymous of Holland'.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Seoul #Seoul_Korea #Gangnam #Sinnonhyeon #BGNEyeClinic #BGN #Eyeclinic #LASEK #LASIK #SMILE #Laservisioncorrection #Visioncorrection #Cityscape #City #Skyline #Simcity #visit_korea #ig_korea
#밝은눈안과 #강남 #신논현 #서울 #대한민국 #라섹 #라식 #스마일 #도시 #도시경관 While we were still huddled around campfires to keep warm, Koreans had already invented an ingenious system of stone passages beneath their homes that provided heating by redirecting warm smoke, and later water.

Now, ondol heating is a staple of any building, no matter how high or low the rent. As a Dutchman, floor heating has always been something associated with 'fancy people', so it's petty nice to be able to enjoy warm feet in cold winters like this one myself.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Palace #fortress #Koreanpalace #traditional #ondol #heating #floorheating #history #Namhansanseong #Asia #snow #historical #kasteel #burcht #UploadKorea #geschiedenis #verwarming #vloerverwarming
#온돌 #대한민국 #남한산성 #요새 #전통 #역사 #한국 #눈 Buddhism has an ever increasing following in Korea, in spite of the extreme popularity of Christianity. As an outsider, it's strange to me how traditional Confucian values and Buddhist teachings can live hand in hand with a modernizing society and the vastly different beliefs of a Western religion, but somehow, people here make it work.

The atmosphere of a Korean temple couldn't be more different from that of a European church or cathedral. Whereas a church makes one feel close to God, a temple makes one feel close to nature.
Perhaps that's why I love them so much.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Namhansanseong #Temple #Koreantemple #religion #Buddhism #Buddha #Buddhist #Buddhisttemple #Traditional #snow #Buddhisme #ZuidKorea #Confucius #Confucian #Christian #Christianity #Church #Cathedral
#대한민국 #남한산성 #불교 #절 #사찰 #석가모니 #전통 #종교 #기독 #기독교 There are lots of relics from the past strewn around all over the Korean peninsula, but I was really surprised when my 형 showed me Namhansan - a real (fake) traditional town that acted as an emergency palace for some time, surrounded by ancient walls and less ancient hiking trails.

It was probably my imagination, but the air did smell cleaner over there on the snow covered mountain where we found this small temple.
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#Korea #SouthKorea #Temple #Koreantemple #Namhansanseong #Traditional #architecture #Buddhism #Buddhist #Buddhisttemple #snow #ig_korea #ig_asia #mountain #tempel #Buddhisme #ZuidKorea
#대한민국 #절 #불교 #남한산성 #전통 #눈 #산 #외국인 #네덜란드 #사찰 It's a miracle that Dark made it through to the round of 16. Not because his play wasn't amazing (his hold against Trap's shield battery rush was simply phenomenal), but because it's like having me as a fan is like death's kiss; the players I love never seem to win anything when I'm there to cheer them on!

RIP Byun, please come back stronger and harder next season.
Congratulations Dark, for beating my curse! 계속계속 응원하겠습니다!
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