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Life in the Netherlands through the eyes of Amsterdam’s most sarcastic expat.

Duindorp Burning

Dutch cavemen carrying fire

Duindorp burning In case you’ve never heard of Duindorp, it’s a new town in the Hague. It’s full of social housing that was built for the families of fishermen in the 1930s. It’s known as a ‘witte enclave’ where the only black residents tend to be of a ‘been down …

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Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus a SWOT Analysis

Sinterklaas versus Santa

Sinterklaas versus Father Christmas a SWOT Analysis It’s that wonderful time of year in the Netherlands when football hooligans and neo-nazis attack people who protest against Zwarte Piet. Yes, it’s the Sinterklaas season. Meanwhile, in large parts of the western world, the countdown to Christmas is about to begin. With …

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Dutch Service: A Dutch Chef Strikes Back

Chef telling off staff member

Dutch Service a Dutch Chef Strikes Back! Dutch Service has been a running gag on the Shallow Man page for years. I’ve written posts and created MEMES about it and for good reason. Dutch service is often indifferent, incompetent and frustrating. However, after my latest MEME on the subject, a …

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My First Week in the Netherlands

first week in the Netherlands surprise hagelslag

My first week in the Netherlands Today we have another post from Polish expat Maja who has already written about her experiences with Dutch healthcare and some of the patronising things Dutch men often say to Polish women. In today’s post, she writes about her first week living in the …

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The Easiest Way to Find A Good Cleaner

The Challenges of finding a good cleaner Let’s face it, cleaners are often (but not always) a bit of a disappointment. In fact, an expat friend of mine described having a cleaner as being like going to a lady in the Red Light District and having to finish yourself off …

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Dutch Etiquette Tips The Oma Survival Guide

Dutch etiquette Oma with apple tart

Dutch Etiquette: Surviving Oma The Amsterdam Shallow Man Facebook group is home to lots of entertaining tales from expats about their interactions with our fiscally conservative hosts. One such post about an expat dealing with Dutch etiquette issues when visiting her kid’s oma (Grandmother) caused quite a discussion. With permission …

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