Dealing With Dutch Directness

When I’m in a charitable mood, the Dutch are known for being blunt. When I’m in a less than a charitable mood, the Dutch are known for being assholes. Call it Dutch directness if you will, but it’s one of the biggest complaints from expats. Cultures clash. That’s a universal truth. We’ve all heard stories … [Read more…]

Giving Going Dutch A Whole New Meaning

Depending on how insulted I’ve been by a Dutch person recently, my view on the “Are the Dutch rude?” question oscillates between “I don’t understand how they keep breeding” to “What’s considered rude varies from culture to culture.” Intellectually, I’m aware that social norms do vary from culture to culture. And I know that things … [Read more…]

Not Not American

I’m currently in the US and I went out to dinner with my father last night. As I looked around the restaurant, it became official. I am no longer an American. I was shocked at how slovenly people were dressed. Men in baseball caps. Women in running shoes. Everyone had on jeans. More tee shirts … [Read more…]