Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Things I have Learned in the Netherlands...

  • In the Netherlands, the bike lane is often separated from the pedestrian lane by a curb or posts so your odds of getting run over are significantly less. HOWEVER, the tram tracks weave in and out of everywhere, so your chances of getting hit by a tram are significantly more.
  • If you hear a tram whistle and one of your friends yells "watch out!" while another friend grabs your arm and pulls you over while you feel the tram brush against your coat sleeve, this is a good indication that you are not paying attention and are walking to close to the tram tracks.
  • German and Dutch are not the same, and it is not a good idea to try to use your limited and recently acquired German words here. They'll look at you crazy.
  • Just like Germany, bathrooms are very hard to come by
  • Sprinkles are a staple part of the diet. You can buy them in HUGE boxes in every flavor possible.
  • Just like Germany, the people smoke here a lot.
  • People here don't always smoke just tobacco....
  • Do not go into a coffee shop and expect to find a cup of coffee. (See previous 2 points)
  • The Dutch are the tightest penny pincher's ever and do not believe in student discounts.


  1. You're so funny. I can just see you almost getting run over by a tram for not paying attention.

  2. I think you should use the "e" picture for your fb profile pic!

    Prof. Kohrs**