I now realise that I never really took the time to think about what to expect as an expat in the Netherlands.After all, I was hopping over the North Sea, not relocating to the other side of the world. Dutch food is nothing to write home about; in fact, many people couldn’t tell you what constitutes traditional Dutch food with a gun held to their head.Quite a culture shift for the Brit who has perfected the art of head lowering to pretend that everyone within a mile radius is invisible.Attending a Dutch birthday party is probably the most culturally shocking experience an expat can have.
So come get a taste of our mix of American, Argentinian and South African BBQ techniques.
Most Dutch children learn to cycle before they can walk and undoubtedly the aged Dutch pedal their way into the next life. Despite the sometimes unwelcome bluntness of the natives, they are overall a friendly tribe.
In fact, complete strangers acknowledge and greet each other in lifts or doctors’ waiting rooms.
This piece was originally published in the Telegraph weekly world edition Do you have an expat tale to tell?
For the fourth year in a row the Salt Market is held at the Pier, a perfect location for all the lively stalls with handmade, unique, special and high quality products. It has a 400-meter icetrack, an ice hockey hall, a ski slope, a go-kart track, a climbing wall and a health club.