4 Strange Things About The Netherlands That I Have Yet To Grasp

You might want to keep these in mind before visiting the country

Chau Trieu
Globetrotters

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Three years living in The Netherlands taught me to get used to the Dutch directness, not buying an umbrella because that’s throwing your money out the window, and having to buy a kid’s bike since the Dutch are ridiculously tall.

But some mysteries still haunt me.

Not owning a curtain

My Dutch neighbor once said: “You’ll go bankrupt if you try to open a curtain store in The Netherlands.”

It is weird how people in this country do not shy away from exhibiting their private space. It doesn’t mean you can stare into someone’s place for as long as you like, but surely you’ll be able to see both the house’s exterior and interior walking down a street.

A common explanation is that due to their Calvinistic roots, the Dutch believe allowing strangers a full view of their room shows that they have nothing to hide.

But I find this a bit hard to believe. Since the Dutch don’t really mind other people’s opinions, why would they care if strangers think they have something to hide?

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Chau Trieu
Globetrotters

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