Invader Stu: Even more warning signs of becoming Dutch

07 July 2014, by

Have you been living in Holland for a while? Do you think you might be becoming Dutch or do you think you might actually be Dutch? Here are a few more warning signs to look out for:

You’ve unintentionally freaked out your non-European friends by automatically kissing them on the cheek three times when saying hello.

You’ve also experienced that confusing moment when you give your European, non-Dutch friends the incorrect number of cheek kisses.

You’ve realised that when queuing in Holland there are no rules, only survivors.

The locks on your bicycle are more valuable than the bike itself.

But you’ve still had your bicycle stolen.

You’ve finally accepted that the word gezellig will never be properly translated into your own language.

You've been brave enough to try the extra sour Dutch drop and can eat them without pulling a face.

You own a pair of fluffy clog slippers purely to be ironic.

You’ve used a bakfiets to transport beer.

You know what a bakfiets is.

You’ve started using Dutch-isms when speaking your own language.

You’ve muttered the word "tourists" under your breath in annoyance when walking around Amsterdam.

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You know the difference between a café and a "coffee shop" in the Netherlands

The Dutch have told you that you’ve been around too long to still be considered an expat, but don’t have an alternative designation for you.

Any signs that you are becoming "too" Dutch? Feel free to comment below!

Invader Stu is an accident-prone Englishman who has been suffering from Dutch culture shock for the last ten years. Enjoy his stories, more of which can be found on Invading Holland.

For more warning signs that you might be becoming Dutch check out Part 1 and Part 2.

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Comments arranged by date (Total 5 comments)  
July 07 2014, 09:31AM

More signs: You feel unconfortable planning a "date" with a friend if your agenda isn't present. Which is rare situation, as you always carry your agenda with you, of course

July 07 2014, 11:03AM

Beer with bitterballen!

July 07 2014, 11:05AM

You get goosebumps while watching the Dutch team playing in the World Cup;
You start to accept the action of Dutch people around you who suck on their fingers after finishing eating something;
You turn on your defense mode when someone is criticizing about the Netherlands and the Dutch...

November 11 2015, 12:41AM

You always go everywhere by bike.
You don't care about it raining so much anymore.

December 09 2015, 06:58PM

You become increasingly upset when mere acquaintances come by your house for a visit without calling ahead first.

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Stuart B

An accident prone Englishman living in Holland since 2001. Still not great with the language but fin...



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