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The book, the shallow man guide to dating the Dutch a new book from the author of Tales from using Relatieplanet, Lexa, Expatica dating and several others. Expatica is an online news and information portal that specifically serves English- speaking Expatica's founding was partially funded by the Dutch government ( the To date, various surveys have been conducted in co-operation with Expatica, including an investigation into expatriation by Cranfield School of Management. Expatica provides essential information on living, working, and moving to your new country. For those living in the Netherlands, we take a look at Dutch attitudes to work, family life and time . 10 tips for dating Dutch women and Dutch men.
I get the feeling that his mother hoped that he was just having a fling with me and upon returning to the Netherlands would find himself a Dutch girl. When I first moved here I organised a big meal and invited his parents. I made a great effort, started with a feta cheese and tomato salad, then made Moussaka as the main meal, followed by a homemade cheesecake.
His mother turned her nose up at the salad and then mentioned that she found the moussaka too spicy. The father felt that the cheesecake from Albert Heijn was more to his liking. This was just them telling it like it is. My advice to anyone moving here to be with their partner is prepare yourself for challenges when dealing with the family.
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Advertisement The Englishwoman I have been here in Amsterdam for around 15 years, and married a dutchman I met in London many, many moons ago. The Shallow Man will pre-empt the inevitable responses that some will provide to this article. Yes the ladies in question will go home to Sofia and London, but only at a time of their choosing.
No Dutch nationalists were hurt during the writing of this post. Every Christmas present is either from the check-out at AH or recycled from unwanted gifts.
Sometimes if we are lucky we even get our own gifts. Dinner, when we are invited, is either a cheap fondue using unsuitable cheese or a thin soup made from a stock cube. Or horse meat slices, with the label torn off incase we notice, and bread. Every Xmas they bring the smoked salmon which is always out of date, bought from Lidl the summer before. As the years have passed they have abandoned present giving all together probably a good thing and stuck to the soup. Not that expressions of love should necessarily come in the form of material gifts but when a free hamper from a well-known organisation where my father in law used to work is divided out and wrapped as Xmas gifts — a tin of frankfurter sausages for the vegetarian niece and a jar of peanut butter for the grandson with peanut allergy — I begin to wonder if enough loving thought has gone into these presents.
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They usually have the individual authority to close deals on the spot without consulting the home office. Dutch global traders are much more flexible abroad than at their home office. Dutch directness The Dutch directness in the communication with foreigners regularly causes misunderstandings.
Unable to make things understood through context and unable to read context, the Dutch express themselves verbally. They speak in a friendly tone in rather short, clear, sober sentences lacking any form of politeness or courtesy.
The Dutch are distrustful of very polite conversations, afraid that an unpleasant message may be hidden which they are unable to detect. Being very nice may awaken the suspicion that one is in need of a special favour. Politeness may also cause irritation as it is considered a waste of time.
Advertisement Loss of face The Dutch expect others to be open and direct like them.
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They will tell you what they think of you and criticise your work indifferent of your status if you are a superior or a subordinate. In some cases, they expect you to be honest and direct in return. If you detect mistakes in their work and you do not inform them about these mistakes, they might get disappointed with you.
The Dutch do not necessarily feel ashamed when you inform them of a mistake, and can appreciate that you give them the opportunity to correct and thus improve themselves. The Dutch feel that in the end, one learns from his mistakes. Loss of face is a rather unknown concept in Dutch society when compared to other cultures.
Time off The Dutch love time off to spend with their partner, kids and friends, for vacation or to study. Therefore they will prefer to reduce working hours instead of having an increase in salary. Vacation days, depending on the labour contract, run from 21 to as many as 35 working days a year. Expatriates on foreign work-contracts in the Netherlands often complain they are always in the office while the Dutch are on vacation.
Working hours may run from 9am to 5—6pm. Those who are unable to handle their job within the office hours may not be fit for the job.WHEN YOU ARE DATING A DUTCH GUY
As work is very well structured within organisations, much work is done during regular working hours. Except for those at management level, employees are reluctant to work overtime. Advertisement Concept of time Being very organised and time conscious, one may have to plan business appointments up to four weeks ahead, with bosses, clients and colleagues.
As for your private agenda, with some friends you may be expected to plan an evening at the cinema six weeks from today. The family Despite having a very open and individualistic society, when it comes to the family nucleus, it is a hermetically closed circle. The family nucleus is detached from the extended family. Adult brothers and sisters usually see each other only on birthday celebrations, weddings and funerals.
The dating history of the shallow man could be described as follows: Attempted to charm leggy, hot looking Dutch girls, with generous bra cup sizes and had as much success as a Rabbi at a Moroccan speed dating event. Decided to invest my efforts in chasing beautiful Russian girls, had more success than Jerry avoiding being captured by Tom.
Learnt to overcome my aversion to denim and more importantly, learned to read the tell tale signs, body language and keys to successfully dating the badly dressed, but hotter than the midday sun in Dubai, Dutch women. They have also filled me in on various aspects of their incredibly complex dating culture.
The shallow man has been in the wilderness, climbed mount not so bloody obvious, and has returned with tablets, not written in stone, but on rock hard, typical Dutch white bread on which are written the secrets of how to date the Dutch. The things I do for my readers! This essential guide will provide information on the following subjects.