5 more little things a noticed in Holland as a former Dutch person
Yesterday’s post suddenly made me notice more things than I ever have about Holland. Oddly, I’ve grown up with these things so they should be so common yet they surprise me none the less.
- Dutch people love the English language. Yes this is a very common fact but, they love it so much now tv presenter of Dutch shows (with Dutch guests) are English. Maybe they are running out of fame hungry dutchmen?
- The use of emojis is in abundance and somewhat inappropriate. Especially restaurants can’t seem to get enough from them. A menu that has a winking smiley to show you can order bar food at the. table?
- Every single person seems to be wearing the same. It’s is hard to not find a jeans/tshirt wearing Dutch(wo)men. Yet shops are full of colourful dresses, play suits and skirts. It makes you wonder: are they all ‘special occasion’ clothes or does everybody just have a massive wardrobe to stare at (but wearing it, oh no that would be way too crazy).
- Where the word ‘gezellig’ used to be enough to describe a good time with friends. (This is literally what is means, have a good/nice time). Now every dinner, coffee, drink needs to be assigned to an adjective. So far I’ve had an exotic coffee time (I had a coconut flat white) and a rugged lunch in a even more rugged ‘food hall’.
- Being a Londoner, staring is a big sin. Not looking at anybody is almost a sport. Not in holland. Wearing some colourful shoes? Here come the stares. Talking a little bit louder than you should? Stares. Pink dyed hair? Double stares, oh no, triple stares. There is no shame in the Dutch staring game.