Canadian Pacific

Canadian Pacific

Posted on 02/09/2011


Photo taken on May 21, 2010



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Loading the Cheese Sledges

Loading the Cheese Sledges
Large wheels of yellow cheese arrive by barge. They are tossed from the barge by groups of 7 porters from the 400-year old cheese porters' guild. The porters are dressed in white and divided into guild groups by the coloured-bands on their hats.

The cheese is then loaded onto sledges, which the porters run with to the Waaggebouw (the public weigh house), where the cheese is weighed.

Tasting is then conducted to ensure quality, the cheese is then auctioned off by an ancient system called handjeklap, with sellers and buyers communicating by clapping each other hands. Once the price and the amount is decided, settlement occurs and the trading is complete.

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