Holland, being a very small, flat nation has ground to a halt at the beginning of the carnival season as millions of hair-brained Dutch people stormed the city and town centres, totally pissed and high.
This annual event of over-joyful dancing, boozing, fancy-dress, frolicking in the freezing cold takes a grip of the Dutch psyche and nothing moves for roughly 5 days.
Shops, banks, businesses, the railway, repair services, in fact everything just stops as the hoardes of mad, fancy-dressed, normally very conservative, Dutch attack the back bone of their society for a few days and take over the place.
Foreign tourists visiting Holland at this time of the year are overwhelmed not by the sight of tulips and windmills, but by thousands of maniacs on the streets, boozing, singing and dancing whilst watching the colourful floats go by in the processions.
In fact the foreign tourist who only comes to Holland for one thing, to buy weed, marijuana or have a relaxed joint in one of the "coffee shops" all over the country better stay away until the invasion is over, because even the "coffee shops" have gone stark raving bonkers!
It's a Dutch sickness!