September 10, 2011

UnDutchable

Today is proof that I survived my first month in the Netherlands. This new chapter in my life has been a lot of fun so far; having to make some changes, improvements and improvisations, getting used to doing things the Dutch way.


You know you're an UnDutchable living in Amsterdam when:
  • You have to make a serious effort to limit your cheese intake to twice daily.
  • Same thing goes for mayonaise (I'd happily eat it with a spoon...)
  • A hint of sunshine makes you grin from ear to ear, even if it's still a bit chilly.
  • Wearing non-waterproof mascara is a thing of the past, as is straightening or blow drying your hair.
  • A late night cheese souffle doesn't count as one of the aforementioned two-a-day intake, that's just desert.
  • You say good bye to wearing a skirt.
  • You can suddenly understand Belgians.
  • Getting lost becomes a daily routine
Luke caught me in a very lost moment...
  • You learn to 'take off' on your bike without wobbling to much into the other lane and you feel like a star.
  • Speaking of bikes, you can now (sort of) keep up with the other Dutchies as they whiz along the bike lanes
  • You barely even notice the stench of marijuana if you pass it in the street.
Photo by Luke DeFreitas
  • Tourists start to annoy you and you curse them (in Dutch) at will (maybe even clip them with your bike if they step on to the bike lane without looking...)
  • Talking about the weather becomes a daily habit.
  • Your calf and thigh muscles are suddenly defined from biking a minimum of 40 mins a day...and this is a perfectly good excuse to eat more mayo + cheese
  • You survive your first night riding home in a storm; nearly getting knocked over by gale force winds, a tram and a drunken tourist.
  • You recognise different bridges and the canals don't all look the same anymore

Loving Amsterdam so far!
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2 comments

  1. Looks AMAZING! I'm so happy you are enjoying your time so far. Wish I could be back there now (minus the bike riding)!

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  2. Get sorted I am coming to visit!!!

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