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It’s foggy in The Netherlands

This week we had three days in a row that it was pretty foggy in the morning. I always get up at around 6am and leave for work very early so I won’t get into any traffic jams, and on days ...

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Taking pictures at the Red Light District?

   Last week I visited Amsterdam again and was witness of a loud discussion between a ‘lady of the night’ and a tourist couple. Well it wasn’t really a discussion… and the lady of the night was the only angry ...

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Parking in The Netherlands

Parking is well arranged in The Netherlands, even if you are visiting one of the larger cities. It might not be possible to park in the street where you want to go but there are always some parking garages spread ...

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Only in Holland: The stroopwafel McFlurry

I recently visited the McDonalds and tried the ‘stroopwafel’ McFlurry and as most tourists on one day always end up in a McDonalds, I really wanted to suggest this McFlurry to you. The ‘stroopwafel’ is typically Dutch and is a ...

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Are the Dutch getting less tolerant?

The Dutch are very proud to be known as a tolerant people, but recently it seems the view that foreigners have of Holland is not described as tolerant anymore as it once was. In my personal opinion the Dutch people ...

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Driving in The Netherlands

In The Netherlands we drive on the right side of the road unlike for example the UK where they drive on the left side of the road. If you are not used to driving on the right side, I highly ...

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Dutch Television

The Netherlands currently has 3 public channels (public broadcasting) which are named ‘Nederland 1,’ ‘Nederland 2’ and ‘Nederland 3’. The public channels in The Netherlands are quango (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation). Most shows and series are spoken in Dutch on these ...

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Dinner… a typical evening meal

Dinner, or the evening meal, is normally the largest and only warm meal of the day in The Netherlands. Although it is more and more common to also eat a warm snack during the day (after all we are the ...

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The Dutch drink a lot of coffee

The Netherlands ranks high in the list of countries who drink the most coffee. While the average consumption worldwide is 1.3 kg per person in The Netherlands the average is at 8.4 kg per person (source: wikipedia). The regular coffee ...

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Are the Dutch friendly?

Recently I got an email asking if the Dutch are considered to be a friendly people. Of course it would be better to ask a foreigner this question as they really experience it, but as I have made many international ...

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