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Old 04-01-2004, 10:37 AM   #1
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Some Amsterdam basics ...with Experience

About.. Weather:
There is a rumor that Holland is put inside during rainstorms. Not true, but that is mainly because it rains about 365 days each year. This might also explain those wooden shoes: They float.

About.. Language:
Never ever try to speak Hollands even if you have lived in Holland for more than five years.

Not only will it give you a splitting headache but also Hollanders won't understand a single word of what you are trying to say.

Foreigners are expected to speak English or gibberish. Speaking gibberish they are easy prey for pickpockets since they can't make a report to the police.



About.. Money:
Hollanders do not like to spend money, they'd sooner cut off their own ears. (see Art Museums)

A Hollander will become a friend for life if you give him something for free. (Note: Social diseases are no exception) This might explain the success of MacDonald's in Holland but I'm just not shore.

The story that copper wire is an invention of two Hollanders fighting over a found cent is absolutely true.


Source: http://www.experienceamsterdam.com/a...am_basics.html
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Old 04-01-2004, 10:39 AM   #2
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If anyone here has additional advice; feel free to post it
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Old 04-01-2004, 10:43 AM   #3
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This *was* posted before, only in a much more elaborate version. I'm sure a search would turn it up.
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Old 04-01-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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Must have missed it (obviously). How long ago was it posted?

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Old 04-01-2004, 11:00 AM   #5
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*checks wallet*

Hm... i must be a foreigner then. Every cent i make goes directly out the door.
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Old 04-01-2004, 11:03 AM   #6
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Originally posted by Dreamer128:
Must have missed it (obviously). How long ago was it posted?
Sorry mate, don't recall. Maybe if you search on some keywords with Google it'll turn up. [img]smile.gif[/img] (I'd do it but I'm too damn lazy and feeling sorry for myself since my throat hurts like hell [img]tongue.gif[/img] )
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Old 04-01-2004, 05:41 PM   #7
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*gives Mel a cough drop and some tea*

Hey, that makes me friend for life, doesn't it?
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Old 04-02-2004, 02:57 AM   #8
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Well, just this once - it does.
I just woke up and I feel like absolute shit
And I have a class today I can't miss and even worse: choir rehearsals ALL WEEKEND!! Argh.

So ta, much appreciated.
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Old 04-02-2004, 03:13 AM   #9
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"Hollanders"? Well, I'm glad that doesn't include me, then. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

And hopefully you'll be better soon, Mel! [img]smile.gif[/img] At least the weather is nice in Holland (as well as in The Netherlands ), so maybe that'll cheer you up somewhat. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Old 04-02-2004, 06:22 AM   #10
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For foreigners to become a Netherlands national do you have a ceromony to prove you belong? Like steal a bike in under 10 seconds? [img]tongue.gif[/img]


Ps. can someone explain to me why people laughed when I asked if I should report my stolen bike to the police when I lived there?
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