I live in The Netherlands for almost two years, that’s going to be this year in July. That’s quite a lot for some people, to stay in one place. Well in this period I observed some things that are different than in other countries.
First thing is that dutch people don’t like curtains :)), or at least don’t use them. For me it would be strange to live in a ground floor apartment without curtains. Hey everybody, come and take a peek. Well that’s not the case for dutch people, that’s just normal. You check them through the window, they check you from the warmth of their home. Why not? Just a different level of privacy :)). This custom goes back to Calvinism, they say. Honest citizens have nothing to hide and with open curtains, everyone can be assured that others are honest too. Of course I have nothing to hide, come and check my fluffy bathrobe and see me eating popcorn :P.
The second thing you notice or maybe the first, it depends, it’s that dutch people are really tall, taller than Scandinavian people. Statistically, the tallest people in the world, as measured by country are the Dutch. The average height for all adults in The Netherlands is 1.85 m (6 feet 1 inch). The average for men is 1.85 and for women 1.69 m. So girls, in The Netherlands you can wear high heels, you don’t have to worry you’ll be too tall.
The third known fact is that there are twice more bikes than humans in The Netherlands. Everywhere you go, there are bikes, parking for bikes, garages for bikes, bike lanes. They have priority before cars, scooters, pedestrians, everybody.
The forth thing I’ve noticed here and seemed a bit uncommon was Hagelslag, that means chocolate sprinkles. And no, you don’t eat them with ice-cream, if that was what you wanted to ask. For breakfast for example, you take a slice of bread, smother it with butter and then sprinkle a copious amount of that stuff on the bread. They have different types like chocolate-flavored, fruit-flavored and the weird licorice-flavored hagelslag. I haven’t tried them yet, I should do it.
The fifth thing are french fries and mayo, excuse me, not french, dutch french fries, like friet, friets, patat, whatever you want to call them. For me it’s exactly the same. In fact, they love them so much they eat over 41 million kilos per year. Everywhere you go and want to grab a snack you can try french fries with mayo, or with some other sauces, like satésaus (peanut sauce), Friet speciaal (with mayo, curry or simple ketchup and onions), Joppiesaus (a mixture of mayo, ketchup and spices). Except fries with mayo, you can try the delightful shoarma, shaorma for everybody else, the doner or the kapsalon, which is fries with kebab or shawarma and cheese. Where is the usual pizza? :)) I miss it.
That’s it for today guys. I hope you liked the dutch insights and I’ll be back for more. I’m thinking of some videos also, what do you think?