Dating in dutch culture
While there are major advantages of my German and my English giving me a head start thanks to many linguistic similarities, I have had a major set-back in this mission that has been slowing me down tremendously; simply finding opportunities to converse!
Dutch culture is different to others I am used to; everyone has been very nice and polite to me, and nobody speaks English to me, but after a brief first conversation they tend to disappear, and there is little hope of seeing them again due to their always packed schedules. Luckily I am finally getting through to some people and starting to socialise properly, hanging out for hours or even almost an entire day, speaking just in Dutch.
Filled with hilarious anecdotes, bits of advice encased in thick sarcasm and nuanced observations of Dutch cultural oddities, Although a great read, the first book only briefly touched upon one of the most complicated aspects of expat life: dating.
Far from a science, the book offers something more valuable: practical advice based on the lived experiences of expats dating the Dutch and the Dutch dating those expats. In his quest to crack the courtship codes of the Netherlands, Simon sought advice and collected stories from his fellow expats via social media, consulted his network of Dutch and expat friends/associates and, of course, mined his own personal experiences.If you are considering moving to the Netherlands or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated Netherlands section including; details of immigration and visas, Netherlands forums, Netherlands event listings and service providers in the Netherlands.From your safety to shopping, living in the Netherlands can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks.To Game in Amsterdam here are some tips of mine:- Don't get a wing. When I'm out with friends, even if only one of us gets laid, it's a win, because most guys rarely get laid here and girls are entitled as fuck. Girls, even if they like you, won't sleep 99/100 times with you.If you don't have a wing who is willing to catch the grenade(s), to be Rando Commando, to even fight with guys so you can escape with the girls, then don't get one. They go out as antilopes with multiple friends, guy friends are judgemental and will AMOG you, girls cockblock the shit out of you, logistics are fucked, the bouncer will beat you up if one of their friends complains etc.