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Bits of Dutch history

Comparative culture




Dutch customs and characteristics
Gedogen [v.] — to actively tolerate...

The Dutch café — like a coffeehouse and a rustic pub...

"Alstublieft" — A hyper-polite social custom...

Drinking in Holland...

Bicycles...

Some Nijmegen graffiti...

Dutch gestures (gebaren) ...

Dutch culture is strangely traditional....

Holland is safe — civilized....

"Nieuwe spelling," 1996...

"Polder politics" — a taste for concensus...

The Dutch language is notoriously difficult....

John Paul II in the Netherlands — a misadventure...

Cursing in Holland...

Dutch toilets...

Asking the Dutch "how are you doing?" ....

Peperduur — "as expensive as pepper" ...

Gratuitous conversation with strangers is not customary....

"Afgesloten" — "road closed" in downtown Amsterdam. Go back or wait....

The "coffeeshop," or hash bar...

Holland can be exasperating, it's true....

"Eet smakelijk" — the Dutch version of the pervasive Continental "bon apetit." ...

Following and pacing — Dutch pedestrian habits...


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