How to Survive Amsterdam ‘Service’?

So, the weather is absolutely awesome and you think getting out there to meet up with friends for a (special) beer is a good plan. It is. Once you know how to survive the Amsterdam level of ‘service’. Don’t expect your Dutch waiter or waitress will instantly fall in love with you. No, just no….
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Street Hierarchy: Who Rules the Streets of Amsterdam?

To survive in Amsterdam, you need to have thorough knowledge about the ‘rules of the streets’. Traffic can be quite complicated for newbies, especially with the complicating factor of one million bikes and only a handfull of small streets. So, how do we do this? Here’s a short guide about our street hierarchy. 1. Tram…
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7 Bike Related Excuses You Can Use When You Are Too Late

So, today might be rough to start, after a nice weekend in Amsterdam, visiting the Rollende Keukens or the Coffee Festival and drinking just – a tad – too much. Getting up can be hard, and getting in office in time might not be the easiest thing on Monday. Thankfully, we, Dutchies, have got tons…
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How to Survive Dutch Taxis?

Don’t get in one Congratulations, you just made the smartest decision of the day. Avoid taxis as much as possible. At least, that’s what we, the Dutch do. We don’t like their moneygrubbing attitude and are way too calvinistic to enjoy a very expensive ride. Then how should I travel? Did you notice those one…
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How to Survive Dutch Medicine?

Going to a doctor in the Netherlands can be quite a culture shock: most of the time you go home without a prescription or you get to hear you can take another paracetamol. ‘Why on earth am I paying 150 a month to hear this kind of bullsh*t?’ is a very common complaint on the…
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Sinterklaas for Dummies

For those new to our county, or just visiting for a short while, the Sinterklaas guy that comes to visit our country every year, could be a bit confusing. Sinterklaas is a national adults children’s party. It is a party loved by everyone in our great, great country. This is NOT a dirty old man….
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10 Sort Of Truths About The Dutch

Welcome to the Netherlands! Welcome to Amsterdam! So, you’ve come to Amsterdam and you’ve got us figured out already: We are a group of crazy, money-grubbing, baby-killing druggies, who used to rule the world on boats, a looooong, long time ago. Oh well, we thought we ruled the world on boats. Minor detail. But is…
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