Dutch Stairs

Don't fall

Anyone who has been inside a Dutch house knows just how scary Dutch stairs can be. I’ve never seen steeper, narrower stairs anywhere else in the world. Each step is so shallow that you can just manage to fit the ball of your foot on it, and some stairs are are so vertical that you almost feel like you are climbing a ladder.

Here are the stairs leading up to our first-floor apartment. Every time I go down, I hold onto the railing for dear life. If you fell, there would be no chance of catching yourself– you’d just hit the floor at the bottom face first.

I’ve always wondered, do Dutch people ever fall down stairs?!  Because if this was in England, half the country would be in the emergency room, especially on a Friday night…

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About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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3 Responses to Dutch Stairs

  1. Corinne says:

    Yes, we do but somehow the fall ends up in falling bottom first and bumping your way down, and if you lucky knocking the wind out of you and leave you with blue bottocks. but in general I rarely hear of people falling off the stairs. During our lives we’ve had to go up and down so many times, in different states and different speeds (I tend to forget keys, then remember I didn’t bring a bag etc etc, when I’m already in a rush to catch the train) that we potentially create a superpower like skill for balance. Spend here long enough and you might get those superpowers too.

    • africagrows says:

      I guess gravity/physics means that you would fall down the stairs on your butt… by psychologically, it feels that you would fall head first!

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