You know you are back in Holland when

You know you are in Holland when

visiting hollandThere are many idiosyncrasies that sum up Holland (the Netherlands) that many people miss when visiting.  However, are never lost on a Dutch person coming home.

After a recent and brief visit, here are a few of my favourites:

You know you are back in Holland when:

  • The plane land so far from the airport and you spend 15 minutes being ferried all the way to your gate
  • You get off the plane and are met by Tulips, a Heineken café and flashes of bright orange – not necessarily in that order
  • You through and outside of the airport with little hassle in all of 15 minutes
  • Passport control says ‘welcome home’
  • The first beeline you make is to the Friettent – Fries Café, and the first thing you order is Frietje Oorlog, War Fries, Fries with Sate sauce, mayonnaise and raw onion, with a Chocomel (chocolate milk)
  • Even the bus stops at the airport are pretty
  • The second pit stop is G-star outlet, as serious there are no better jeans, and no better selection here or price
  • It’s drizzling in a way that you can’t call it rain, but it seems immune to umbrellas and you’ll be wet and miserable either way
  • The taxi drivers are all ruthless thieves which is why you take the train or bus which only cost a few euros
  • The buses are all electric and modern
  • You have to remember to swipe on and off all public transport
  • You outside and get run over by a bike
  • You stop outside and into dog poop, or in my case, my friends were warned via the apartment app there was poop on the doorstep – beware those without the app
  • You are no longer the tallest person in the room – the Dutch are excessively tall
  • Breakfast is sliced bread with an option of cheese or peanut butter – which is why you either take two slices or cut one in half, it’s a tough choice
  • When every coffee comes with a koekje (cookie)
  • You hope that one food truck the ‘Olliebollen Kraan’, is still around (often only before Christmas), so you can still get a deep friend bit of delicious dough an ‘Olliebolle’
  • People are a wee bit bossy and speak their mind without needing to try and be nice about it
  • The only stonners you see are foreigners
  • You are sad to leave, but also know that a short visit sometimes can be long enough
  • You know you’ll be back to visit all the places you missed soon

The last visit was a short one, for an avid traveller as much as I like to visit my country and reminisce and see my favourite haunts. I’ll be honest and prefer to visit new countries and experience new cultures.

But the beauty of living a literal hop, skip and jump of a short plane ride away, is that I can visit, even if just for a day.

I flew from London City to Amsterdam – which is a cheap and easy flight, both airports are easy to get in and out making a shorter trip hassle-free.

If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam be sure to check out my blog post insider’s guide which you can find here.



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One Comment on “You know you are back in Holland when”

  1. I had to laugh!! Recognised a lot of those!! I don’t know what a stoned is! But a frietje sate is my first meal when I arrive!! Well written!! Keep it up!

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