No. 50: Delaying marriage

So a Dutch friend of mine just got engaged. She’s in her mid thirties and has been with the Dutch man in question for many years, so it shouldn't really come as such a surprise. But it did. It did, because she’...

No. 14: Red & yellow pants

Believe it or not, this seemingly innocent fashion blunder can be credited for the birth of this blog. Having lived in the lowlands only a short amount of time, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the sight of ...

No. 34: Dat kan niet

Dutch people like love to say certain phrases over and over again. If you arrive in the lowlands speaking very little Dutch, you are sure to quickly pick up on a few essential Dutch sentences. One of Dutch peop...

No. 42: Swearing with diseases

Once upon a time, many years ago, I had just moved to the lowlands and was taking my newly purchased bike for a ride around the big city of Amsterdam. Overwhelmed, I happened to accidentally, but fairly dramati...

No.25: Going Camping

An exodus is soon to hit the lowlands. Dutch people will be fleeing this flat little country en-masse over the next few weeks. The oddity isn’t so much that they are leaving (who can blame them with this Dutch ...

No. 4: Dutch Directness

This list would not be complete if we did not discuss the elephant in the room: Dutch directness. Now you’ve heard the rumours, the stereotypes, the hearsay, and the clichés -and I’m here to tell you, that like...

No. 26: Windmills

As today is National Windmill Day here in the Netherlands, I thought it was only appropriate to discuss Dutch people's love for these tall, old-fashion, spinny things. Apart from those uncomfortable yellow shoe...

No. 17: Patriotic songs

The Dutch (like any small country with a slight inferiority complex) like love their patriotic, nation-affirming songs. In everyday life, however, Dutch people are not particularly overt in their patriotism - a...

No. 33: The Queen

For a relatively down-to-earth group of folks, Dutch people certainly love all things royal. At the top of the royal list would of course have to be their beloved Koningin (queen, that is)! Beatrix Wilhelmina ...

No. 18 : Bring your own cake

If you’ve spent any time in a Dutch office you are sure to quickly notice an abundance of confectionery goods. The larger the office, the more often cake will mysteriously appear around the coffee machine. The ...

No. 3: Hagelslag

The thing that shocks me most about Dutch people’s peculiar eating habits is Hagelslag. I giggled to myself when seeing a room of adult Dutch business men sipping their milk cartons, I was amazed at the pride...

No.16: Zwarte Piet

You know it's that time of the year again in Holland, when you are greeted by some Dutch person on the street, whose face is painted completely black and is sporting an afro wig, bright red lips and a ridiculou...