Having grown up in the Netherlands, there were a lot of things that I considered normal. And then I moved to England, where they do things differently. I love those differences, and they are part of what I like so much about this country. Today, I figured it would be fun to give you a list of differences between England and the Netherlands.
- Safety in the Netherlands isn’t really that safe
I never really considered the Dutch to be reckless, but thinking on it now, we do some really dumb things. Skate on a semi-frozen canal? Why not! Cycling through Amsterdam with a child standing on the back of your bike holding onto your shoulders? That’s a fun activity. Helmets? What are those?
- People in England are really polite.
This one shouldn’t really come as a surprise. In England, people really don’t want to offend each other. And if they accidentally brush their arm against someone else’s sleeve on the streets, they almost beg for forgiveness (I do the same thing now). Dutch people are really direct and sometimes offend people without even being aware they’re doing it.
- Women in England have to go to the doctors to get a smear check every three years from the time they’re twenty-five. In the Netherlands, they only ask you to do this once every five years after you’re thirtieth.
- There are a lot of speeding camera’s in England. Not just on the motorway, but on other roads as well. This means that people actually stick to the speed limit. Which is good, because you’re allowed to cycle on the dual carriageway (same speed limits as on the motorway). My dad came to visit me and was freaking out because there were a couple of cyclists on the road.
- To queue or not to queue?
England is famous for their queues. Everyone queues up in a nice, straight line, there’s no pushing others around, and no one gets annoyed (usually). It doesn’t matter if the line is so long people can’t even see the thing they’re queueing up for. They can wait. In the Netherlands, it’s ‘survival of the fittest’ and queues look more like a big group of people trying to squeeze through a small door at the same time.