borrel

No.51: Borrels

Dutch people love a good borrel. Or should I rephrase: they love a good excuse for having a borrel. Borrels are quintessentially gezellig; and gezelligheid is, of course, quintessentially Dutch. Confused?...
lekker

No. 12: Lekker

If you've lived, toured, visited, or really spent any amount of time in the lowlands and you haven't heard this word...well, then I'd suggest you get your ears checked - and quick! This seemingly innocent word...
bike

No. 1: Bicycles

You may have noticed more than a few wheeled contraptions whizzing by you in this town. In fact, it sometimes seems impossible to separate where the Dutch begin and their bicycles end. Rain (or rain or rain)...
waitress

No. 31: Keeping it real

The Dutch like to keep it real. They are big fans of authenticity and take pride in the genuine. This behaviour is a close cousin to the infamous "do normaal" and is often used to justify their directness....
Lazy

No. 38: Not working

Yes, you read the title correct. Dutch people like to not work. In fact, they like to not-work so much that they have actually become experts at it and are now the best in the European Union at doing so...
gel

No. 22: Hair gel

Dutch people are amongst the highest consumers of hair gel in the world. If you don't agree go stand in the middle of any busy Dutch street and start your counting. As the numbers start quickly adding up you...
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Notable comments

I thought I'd kick off 2012 with a selection of some of the most notable comments from 2011. The blog certainly has its fair share of comments - some brought a grin to my face, others a frown, and some kept me...