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Moving to The Netherlands, Tell Me What to Expect!

 
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Now I want to live there! lol
I ride my bike everywhere already. :)
When I was in Amsterdam, I remember chatting with a North African guy who did hair wraps with coloured string. He said he had a hard time understanding my accent, because he was used to the British accent speaking English.
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Well come on!We can have a lot of fun.

I used to live in Canada, northern BC. What a beautiful country that is.
Happy Holidays! xmas
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FREEDOM!!!

That is what you will experience. Real freedom, like our founding fathers hoped for us.

I am so jealous, wish I could leave the "new Nazi Germany", the good ole USA.
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Now I want to live there! lol
I ride my bike everywhere already. :)
When I was in Amsterdam, I remember chatting with a North African guy who did hair wraps with coloured string. He said he had a hard time understanding my accent, because he was used to the British accent speaking English.
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Well come on!We can have a lot of fun.

I used to live in Canada, northern BC. What a beautiful country that is.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Yeah, BC is beautiful. :) I used to live in Vancouver, and there are LOTS of cyclists there too.

When are you moving there OP? Maybe I can come over for a visit next year!
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If you are staying for a while..here's a glimpse of your future.


1/ You have a bike
2/ You even know how to brake using retropedaling
3/ Walking from your faculty to the cafeteria has become unimaginable. You take your bike, even if it’s for 50meters
4/ Eating 7 slides of bread for lunch doesn’t scare you anymore
5/ By the way, you stopped eating warm lunch. You just eat bread
6/ You know what a kroket is, and you learned to avoid the orange ones
7/ It doesn’t surprise you anymore to eat at 18:30
8/ You drink beer
9/ You got used to trance and electro music
10/ You don’t cheat on the train, because controllers are EVERYWHERE
11/ When the cafeteria is crowed, you line up neately with the others
12/ You used to use cash all the time, but now you have a pin card
13/ You think ducks are cute

14/ As soon as the sun pops out, you make a barbecue, even if it’s 10°C outside
15/ You think 15°C is warm
16/ You know winter stops in May, and not March as everywhere else
17/ You don’t remember what a moutain looks like
18/ You still don’t know how to speak Dutch. But your English has improved
19/ You know what Surinam is. And where it is
20/ You never go out without your bike lights
21/ You think butter in a bottle is normal
22/ You know that all the guys are in Delft. And the girls, everywhere else, especially Leiden
23/ You go to Leiden on Saturday
24/ You’ve been to a flower park, and thought it was cool
25/ You’re ok with having only one flavour of ice cream (the white ones)
26/ You don’t even bother to ask “do you speak English?”, you just speak English right away
27/ When you go to the cinema, you are ok with being told where to sit
28/ And you wouldn’t dare sit anywhere else
29/ You have finally accepted the fact that Gouda is cheese
30/ Paying 6€ for a meal in the cafeteria seems normal
31/ You know how to repair a bike
32/ You eat potatoes at least once a day
33/ You always check the weather before leaving home
34/ You know what it is being late and having to wait for a boat to cross the bridge
35/ You can drink milk at any time of the day
36/ Sometimes, you only drink milk as lunch
37/ You have tried karnemelk at least once
38/ You start liking dropjes
39/ For you something sweet means straubwaffels
40/ Spring means flowers blooming and construction sites opening up all over the place
41/ Being tall gets a new meaning
42/ Blonde is back to being a hair-color, not a concept
43/ You have 4 seasons in one day
44/ You can start a mail to your teacher who happens to be a doctor by “yo, wassup doc” (exaggeration can get the message through)
45/ You think that paying to use the toilets is normal
46/ You know that kapsalon is not a typical turkish dish, but a hairdresser
47/ You start to think that the strange position of the hole in the WC is not that disgusting
48/ You find it easier to find a good joint that a good coffee
49/ You have the AH bonus card
50/ Your windows have no curtains, and you don’t care
51/ If your windows have curtains, you don’t use them, and just don’t care who might be looking at you
52/ For you, light rain is not rain
53/ Professors write a “well done” comment in your assignment and still grade you with a 6
54/ You can drink beer in the cinema (good)
55/ 10°C is warm enough to wear a short or mini skirt
56/ You can ride your bike in the rain, wind and even snow
57/ Guys are very cute
58/ You can ride your bike wearing skirt (if you’re a girl), a suit or even high heels (if you’re a girl)
59/ When you start having strong opinion even if you vaguely know the topic
60/ When you “wash” the dishes with soap without rincing them
61/ “Alstublieft and dank u wel” are the only dutch words you know
62/ You aren’t surprised anymore that the disco closes at 4 (but it still pisses you off)
63/ You learn to bike without using your hands on the handle
64/ You go to the market and you only buy the stuffs that fit in your bike

65/ Riding a bike and driking coffee/smoking/eating lunch at the same time is not a problem any more
66/ You reformulate the saying “if you drink, don’t drive” by “if you drink, don’t ride”
67/ You’ve been asked where the coffeeshop is
68/ You start wearing orange during soccer events, even when you’re not Dutch
69/ You get used not to use napkins when eating. You just eat dirtily.
70/ You know what GVD stands for
71/ You can never predict the weather and can not believe the weather forecast anymore
72/ You wait for the light to go green before crossing the street, even if there is no car
73/ You sometimes eat only with a spoon

74/ You tried fried fish from the caravans at least once
75/ You clap the lecturer (just because he’s been speaking for 2 hours)
76/ You run to Albert Heijn at 21.55 to get some beer for the party that night
77/ Trees planted in straight rows/ aka the forest/ seems normal
78/ You think you understand why they don’t serve coffee at coffeeshops (but you’re not sure yet)
79/ You steal a bike at the station because the night before someone stole yours
80/ You think it is okay to eat multicoloured sprinkels on bread for breakfast
81/ You use 9292ov.nl to go to the supermarket
82/ You know that the wind blows in your face regardless of the direction in which you are biking
83/ You don’t even try to park in an unauthorised area just to ‘pick something up in 5min’, because you know you will get a ticket in 30 seconds
84/ When you move out of your rental apartment, you know you might have to take the floors with you
85/ Stepping in doggiepoo on the sidewalk becomes almost a daily thing
86/ You end up eating super greasy food at 5am at FEBO or ALEV (Delft)

Dutch Junk Food
87/ And after that, you manage to bike home still completely wasted and go to class at 8:45
88/ You need an appointement to talk with your friends. Or your mother
89/ You enjoy making tourists jump off the bike path
90/ You paid more for the lock of your bike than for the bike itself
91/ Real bread? You’ve made your peace with it. It doesn’t exist
92/ You know that the Netherlands doesn’t have a special dish. They just fry everything
93/ You know getting a couch will be difficult because it doesn’t fit through the door. Windows maybe?
94/ You’re ok spending Queen’s Day in the train because people are walking on the rails
95/ Jaap, Joost and Jeroen are the names of most of the Dutch guys you know
96/ When the sun pops up all your Dutch friends are wearing beach flip flops
97/ Dutch people ask you why don’t you speak Dutch?
98/ You still don’t speak Dutch but watch silly Dutch TV shows like Take me out and Single
99/ You have been in a relationship with at least one Dutch person
100/ You are used to people bumping into you abruptly on the street, yet never saying sorry
 Quoting: Bahamut



Okay, went through the list. By the way, thanks for taking the time to do this, LOL!

Anyway, I bolded the ones that either I look forward to or I am already used to. This gives me a good idea of some things to expect, that's for sure.
Happy Holidays! xmas
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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FREEDOM!!!

That is what you will experience. Real freedom, like our founding fathers hoped for us.

I am so jealous, wish I could leave the "new Nazi Germany", the good ole USA.
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Amen Dude. I think I"ll breathe better once I get there. C'om, what are you waiting for. Join me!!!!! You can do it.
Happy Holidays! xmas
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Now I want to live there! lol
I ride my bike everywhere already. :)
When I was in Amsterdam, I remember chatting with a North African guy who did hair wraps with coloured string. He said he had a hard time understanding my accent, because he was used to the British accent speaking English.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11698818





Well come on!We can have a lot of fun.

I used to live in Canada, northern BC. What a beautiful country that is.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Yeah, BC is beautiful. :) I used to live in Vancouver, and there are LOTS of cyclists there too.

When are you moving there OP? Maybe I can come over for a visit next year!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11698818




I'm just waiting to find a room. And, I already have 2 people I'm talking with about it, so maybe a couple of weeks.

Yeah, visit me next year, if not sooner, LOL!

Are you still in BC or some other part? I never made it to Vancouver but meant to. I loved Prince Edward Island!
Happy Holidays! xmas
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I looked up your other thread OP about ooking for a room, and you mentioned your vedic astrologer. I would love to know more about that.
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Now I want to live there! lol
I ride my bike everywhere already. :)
When I was in Amsterdam, I remember chatting with a North African guy who did hair wraps with coloured string. He said he had a hard time understanding my accent, because he was used to the British accent speaking English.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11698818





Well come on!We can have a lot of fun.

I used to live in Canada, northern BC. What a beautiful country that is.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Yeah, BC is beautiful. :) I used to live in Vancouver, and there are LOTS of cyclists there too.

When are you moving there OP? Maybe I can come over for a visit next year!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11698818




I'm just waiting to find a room. And, I already have 2 people I'm talking with about it, so maybe a couple of weeks.

Yeah, visit me next year, if not sooner, LOL!

Are you still in BC or some other part? I never made it to Vancouver but meant to. I loved Prince Edward Island!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy

Toronto now. My contract finishes in January and I want to do some traveling!
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Culture shock you bet. You'll be shocked at the culture you've left behind.
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Okay, I'll be back in about 30 minutes.


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aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Well come on!We can have a lot of fun.

I used to live in Canada, northern BC. What a beautiful country that is.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Yeah, BC is beautiful. :) I used to live in Vancouver, and there are LOTS of cyclists there too.

When are you moving there OP? Maybe I can come over for a visit next year!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11698818




I'm just waiting to find a room. And, I already have 2 people I'm talking with about it, so maybe a couple of weeks.

Yeah, visit me next year, if not sooner, LOL!

Are you still in BC or some other part? I never made it to Vancouver but meant to. I loved Prince Edward Island!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy

Toronto now. My contract finishes in January and I want to do some traveling!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11698818




Okay, sounds like after the first of the year then. I should be settled by then.
Happy Holidays! xmas
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Culture shock you bet. You'll be shocked at the culture you've left behind.
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Could be, could be. However, I live in redneck country so I won't miss that much, LOL!
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aNONaMITTy (OP)

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I looked up your other thread OP about ooking for a room, and you mentioned your vedic astrologer. I would love to know more about that.
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Oh yes. What they can figure out is pretty amazing. Mine looked at what it would do for me to move to Netherlands and it's going to be a wonderful thing for me.

Where I have "bad" planets, Netherlands has good planets so that will make a difference for me. He also explained why I have certain problems which I had not mentioned to him. It is quite revealing and makes you wonder who or what is actually running the show.
Happy Holidays! xmas
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people there are extremely rude and crass, they rarely bathe and seem to be very comfortable farting right next to you as you eat at the restaurant.
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I would go but was on that banged up abroad program on Docs so they wouldn't let me in again.
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Another point Dutch women are hot so enjoy ;)

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Lots of wetness.

Burn in hell heathen ! Sizzle !
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And our fair allotment of crazies.

They have free healthcare.
 Quoting: US Coward 858876

Nope.
Everybody has insurance, they're just not stuffy about that at first aid posts.

The food is not very creative, lots of potatoes and cheese, kind of like Switzerland.
 Quoting: US Coward 858876

Thanks to 'multi-culturalism' we've got plenty of exotic foods like french fries, hamburgers, döner kebab, nasi goreng, Vietnamese lumpias, and PIZZAS!


And is Holland the same thing as the Netherlands?
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*Grrrrrr!*

Things must have changed since 2004. I remember not finding a restaurant open late during the week or being able to buy groceries unless I did it before 5pm.
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Neoliberalism gone wild.
It's a 24/7 economy these days. Supermarkets are usually open till 8 or even 10.
Some of them are even open on Sunday.
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Dutch is easy to learn?
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They say it's quite hard.
Prolly not as hard as Mandarin thought. ;)
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Culture shock you bet. You'll be shocked at the culture you've left behind.
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Could be, could be. However, I live in redneck country so I won't miss that much, LOL!
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Why not go to Cali?
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people there are extremely rude and crass, they rarely bathe and seem to be very comfortable farting right next to you as you eat at the restaurant.
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Sounds like someone in America lol
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people there are extremely rude and crass, they rarely bathe and seem to be very comfortable farting right next to you as you eat at the restaurant.
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Sounds like someone in America lol
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rofl
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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people there are extremely rude and crass, they rarely bathe and seem to be very comfortable farting right next to you as you eat at the restaurant.
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Okay, this doesn't sound good at all. However, I probably won't be eating out all that much anyway, so maybe I'm safe, LOL!
Happy Holidays! xmas
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people there are extremely rude and crass, they rarely bathe and seem to be very comfortable farting right next to you as you eat at the restaurant.
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Sounds like someone in America lol
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LOL!
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WOODEN SHOES!!!
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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I would go but was on that banged up abroad program on Docs so they wouldn't let me in again.
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You mean you're banned from The Netherlands?????

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aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Lots of wetness.

Burn in hell heathen ! Sizzle !
 Quoting: Dutch Coward 22077953

And our fair allotment of crazies.

They have free healthcare.
 Quoting: US Coward 858876

Nope.
Everybody has insurance, they're just not stuffy about that at first aid posts.

The food is not very creative, lots of potatoes and cheese, kind of like Switzerland.
 Quoting: US Coward 858876

Thanks to 'multi-culturalism' we've got plenty of exotic foods like french fries, hamburgers, döner kebab, nasi goreng, Vietnamese lumpias, and PIZZAS!


And is Holland the same thing as the Netherlands?
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny

*Grrrrrr!*

Things must have changed since 2004. I remember not finding a restaurant open late during the week or being able to buy groceries unless I did it before 5pm.
 Quoting: US Coward 14118518

Neoliberalism gone wild.
It's a 24/7 economy these days. Supermarkets are usually open till 8 or even 10.
Some of them are even open on Sunday.
book

Dutch is easy to learn?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy

They say it's quite hard.
Prolly not as hard as Mandarin thought. ;)
book
 Quoting: Halcyon Dayz, FCD




All I need are pizza's. I'm a simple person, LOL!
Happy Holidays! xmas
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Culture shock you bet. You'll be shocked at the culture you've left behind.
 Quoting: Sir Sidney Fudd





Could be, could be. However, I live in redneck country so I won't miss that much, LOL!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Why not go to Cali?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 15993935





Been there, done that.
Happy Holidays! xmas
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if somebody says something which sounds like "DER ZUYDERZEE IST OVERVLOWING!!!", RUN!!! RUN QUICK!!! ahhh
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I would go but was on that banged up abroad program on Docs so they wouldn't let me in again.
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You mean you're banned from The Netherlands?????

nocomment
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Banned from the world till 2015
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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if somebody says something which sounds like "DER ZUYDERZEE IST OVERVLOWING!!!", RUN!!! RUN QUICK!!! ahhh
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LOL! Okay, adding that to my list.
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I would go but was on that banged up abroad program on Docs so they wouldn't let me in again.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21841759




You mean you're banned from The Netherlands?????

nocomment
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Banned from the world till 2015
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21841759




What the heck is this program you got into? Sounds messed up.
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