Monthly Archives: March 2011

Doei!

To all of my loyal friends and readers, I am very sad to say that today is the end of my “What the Dutch” blog, or rather the beginning of a five month sabbatical. I am leaving tomorrow to live, … Continue reading

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Carnival

When I hear “carnival” I immediately think of the Rio de Janeiro Brazilian carnival, the Notting Hill Carnival in London, or New Orleans Mardi Gras. The last thing I think of is Holland. But it turns out Karnaval is a … Continue reading

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Team Lunch

Holland enjoys a very egalitarian society. Dutch people place a high value on equality and consensus. Unlike the US, which is highly individualistic, Dutch people seem to do things in teams through agreement and work sharing. A trivial but great … Continue reading

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Holland v. the Netherlands

I should have cleared this up a long time ago. Now that some friends and readers have questioned my interchangeable use of the names “Holland” and “The Netherlands,” I realize in retrospect that I ought to have addressed this basic question … Continue reading

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Neighborliness

It’s a beautiful day in the (Dutch) neighborhood. Dutch people deserve credit for their small-town friendliness and hospitality, which sometimes makes all of Holland feel like a big village (indeed, its biggest city, Amsterdam, has only 800,000 inhabitants). I’ve never encountered here … Continue reading

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Poffertjes

If you are sensing a pancake, pastry, and sweet theme to my food-related posts, then you’ve correctly observed the existence of the Dutch national sweet tooth. Bakeries and pastry stalls abound and the Dutch seem really fond of all things sweet … Continue reading

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Gezellig

How to explain a word that has no translation outside of Dutch and yet is the essence of Dutch culture?  When you come to Holland, gezellig is likely to be one of the first Dutch words you’ll learn, and one … Continue reading

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