Where did you bother to get used to living abroad?

Dressed up shower: When I moved to the Netherlands, I found it very strange that you should take a shower in your swimsuit in the communal pool areas.In Denmark you have to be naked, you can’t wash yourself well if you have a swimsuit on it?

So I wrote an angry email to the pool.I got a polite email back: Yes, it works in the Netherlands, but I can use a private shower room if I want to be naked.

Guests do not come to eat: I had invited a couple of girlfriends for 18:30 to come along.They were both already eaten. I didn’t think it was necessary to indicate that it was for food, in Denmark you never need people from pure to drink and chat.

Rental houses bare yield: I had cancelled my rental property.I get an email from the landlord: all upholstery to the floor covering must be removed. Well say, what’s going on? Should the building be renovated or so? No, it appears to be normal in the Netherlands. Very idiot for someone like me who moves 2 鈧?”3 times a year. Constantly discard carpeting and buy new ones.

That you have to reinvent the Smalltalk and make contact with people all over again.Which used to be completely self-evident. 20 years later still not mastered. :-))

‘, ‘ Certain social uses or structures in society/How things are organized, and the fact that no one can imagine that they are not so obvious.Specifically a few in Germany:

  • Social control and interference, especially by older people but certainly not only.

People Express (almost) against you if you don’t have light on your bike so they can get on with it. If you want to rent a property, you have to fill in a form, which is sent to the owner faxed (!) and who can then judge who gets the property. So if you have a foreigner with an ugly handwriting you never get what unless you find via via something. Pussy for you.

  • ‘ Of course you always have to bring a referral to hospital control while the hospital itself says you have to come back at this time! ‘… ‘ Of course, you always have to have a doctor’s note with indication for medical Contact lenses While it is known that they only last a year and you will always need them anyway! ‘… why make sense and efficient if you can be bureaucratic too.
  • They are proud too.

  • Old-fashioned and taboos.
  • It was quite a hassle to settle online banking, and I didn’t even get a pass that was already suitable for Kontaktloos pay (3.5 years ago). While I first got such a pass from ABN Amro 8 years ago, I believe, while the old ones were not yet expired but simply because there was now technically more possible. At the Sparkasse I can just wait until it expires, if I get a new one for free. Then the taboos and the backward attitude towards Soapreventie (one really does as if only HIV exists and only get gays Soas), and abortion (you may not even inform about it, then you only get unsolicited opinions about abortion, but then also really only). “,” I have lived in London for a number of years.Actually, that was culturally not a big step. It was like a big city in the Randstad. I went with people who were very related to my friends in the Netherlands. My big annoyance was that it was not a bike city. I had to do everything with buses and underground. The Dutch find that annoying.

    -cold, wet weather, in the early zesiger years we still had cold winters full of snow in the Benelux.

    -Getting used to a new culture (was in Ghent, O Flanders), also half raw steak, or raw fillet of Americain food, which the Belgian students loved, not done in the tropics because of infection risk with intestinal pathogens.

    -No bathroom nor shower in the large dorm, we went after t showering in the university sports Complex, otherwise to the bathhouse (who knows today?)

    That I was a stranger.In the summer of 1969, after I arrived in Canada a good half a year ago, I worked together with a small group of boys in the 鈧?艙bush 鈧? Exploration work. With 脙 漏 脙 漏 N of them, Dave Proudfoot (DP), the mockery was driven to his name, because DP also stands for 鈧?艙Displaced Person 鈧? He wasn’t, but I quite clearly did. I kept myself in the background.

    Thank you for the question, C茅line.

    The local Swiss dialect.My schoolgerman was not enough to be able to talk to other people. This leads very quickly to isolation, especially in a society like the Swiss.

    I have been allowed to live in Australia for a small year.What I really needed to get used to was the heat and the huge amount of water you had to drink there (sometimes 4/5 liters per day!). In addition, it was a fine country where things are secretly settled much relaxer than in the Netherlands.

    I am a Dutchman and went to live in 1995 in Switzerland, in 1998 in England, in 2002 back to the Netherlands, in 2008 in Ireland and since 2015 in Germany.What I have the most trouble with is what Sarah Verbeek also says: 鈧?艗certain social uses or structures in society/How things are organized, and the fact that no one can imagine that they are not so obvious. 鈧?艙 as someone else Also said, you can never fully join the Smalltalk. Not only because of the language but also because you don’t feel a few things quite right. As a non-Dutchman will never really understand who Jip & Janneke are. Or our Sinterklaas (the German is very different, to be of the Swiss but not to speak). If you are going to live in a country with a totally different culture, everyone will find it normal that you have to get used to it, but because within Western Europe the cultures seem quite similar, nobody can imagine that it is really getting used to. Also with the language. If you speak well, no one can imagine that you do not have everything and you can not really express yourself and thus remain an outsider in Smalltalk. By now I have been away from the Netherlands for so long that I no longer know what is going on there. It sounds like a lament. But it also has an advantage to be the eternal foreigner. Everyone 鈧?虄forgiving you if you 鈧?虄cheating does or does not understand something.

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