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Some expected and unexpected things about living in the Netherlands:

  • The wall kitchen cupboards are too high for me to reach without a step
  • Cars give way to bikes (& pedestrians) at roundabouts
  • When you go into a waiting room (eg at the doctor) you say hello to everyone already in there
  • You congratulate people for their friends’ and family’s birthdays 
  • For their birthday children are made a paper crown



  • Stairs are very steep and narrow
  • You need different cheese slicers for different types of cheese (old or young?!?)



  • They are really into DIY: “You need a plug socket by your meter. Your husband can do it.” “Just get another cooker hood from Gamma, they slot in.” 
  • My husband buys me flowers 🙂

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