Thursday, May 6, 2010


Holland feels like home, just as I remembered. There are a few things however, that I've become unaccustomed to:
  • Toilets are hard to find, and when you do find them, you have to pay to use them
  • Parking is rarely free
  • Most people don't have clothes dryers or decent sized freezers
  • Even when it's only 50 degrees, people flock outside to enjoy the good weather.
  • Bikers think they are the most important person on the road.
  • Traffic lights only turn green for short periods of time, so most drivers have lead feet.
  • Grocery stores don't give free bags. You either bring your own, or pay.
  • Grocery carts are locked together, and you have to use money to unlock it (at least you do get your money back when you return the carts)
  • The Dutch government loves speed bumps

Those are just a few things I've noticed over the past few days. Of course there are things Americans do, or America has, which are strange in their own way as well. We all just learn to adjust.

1 comment:

Nancy Sabina said...

Around DC parking is rarely free, bikers think they're the most important, and drivers have lead feet. Oh - and there's a new grocery store that is charging for bags.

So maybe we Americans are slowly becoming more international?

Are you guys back yet?

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