In: Marjan Charness30 Sep 2011
You find several lists like this one: http://www.perfectgroup.com/blog/2011/07/you-know-youve-been-in-the-netherlands-for-too-long-when/
For those of you who don’t feel like clicking on the link, it’s basically a list of typically Dutch things. The people who have lived here for a while probably don’t think twice of most of the items on there. I, however, find stuff like this way more entertaining than I probably should. Mostly because I can point to certain things on the list and say, “Hey! I do that! I’m a bit more Dutch now!” Here’s a couple of the items that really stuck out to me and are beginning to make a lot more sense to me the more time I spend here:
1. You have a bike
This is pretty obvious. I don’t think I’ve taken public transit anywhere in the past month. My biggest nightmare has gone from losing my wallet or passport to having my bike stolen.
4. Eating 7 slices of bread for lunch doesn’t scare you anymore
Yep. It also helps that I can get a loaf of bread for less than a euro. Throw some Nutella on there and I’d consider that a very well-balanced and healthful meal…right?
27. When you go to the cinema, you are ok with being told where to sit
I actually went to the movies tonight with a friend and completely forgot that there’s assigned seating at the theaters here (I think there would be mass rioting if theaters tried to assign seats in the US). I bought my ticket separately from her, and then I had to get back in line and ask the very nice cashier if we could sit together.
43. You have 4 seasons in one day
This requires no explanation. I’m waiting for the day when I wake up and go for a run outside in the sunshine, only to end up in a snowstorm when I’m three kilometers away from my apartment.
49. You have the AH bonus card
Never leave the house without your Albert Heijn bonus card. Seriously.
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