Dutch Niceness

The Dutch have a bad (mostly deserved) reputation for being rude. And normally, I can entertain you with story after story of Dutch rudeness. But there is one area where the Dutch are overwhelmingly nice. I have many firsthand accounts, since I average 2-3 bike accidents per week. The past week has been especially bad. … [Read more…]

Why I Don’t Speak Dutch

I’ve hit the three year mark of living in the Netherlands. And it would appear that this is the magical time when people expect you to start speaking Dutch. Not that they are going to do anything to help you accomplish language fluency, they just want to voice their dismay that you aren’t. Time I … [Read more…]

Dutch Equality

Don’t let Europe fool you, America. They can be just as close-minded and racist as any duck call maker. By declaring that forgeriners need to sign a “participation contract.” “Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Amersfoort and Den Bosch are among the Dutch towns and cities to start experimenting with ensuring new immigrants, including EU citizens, sign a ‘participation … [Read more…]