“Shallow Man, I’ve been dating a Dutch girl for 18 months now, my family likes her and I’m thinking of asking her to become my wife, I know that a lot of Dutch people just live together and don’t marry, but in my culture marriage is normal. ” As always, the Shallow Man is keen to fulfill the wishes of his readers, however, I’ve dated a few wonderful Dutch Antelopes in my time but, like an Amsterdammer stepping over the ever present amount of dog poo all over the pavements here, have successfully avoided getting married.
So I’ve reached out to a couple of married friends and am pleased to provide a rather subjective piece called the five differences between the Dutch girl you date and the Dutch girl you marry. and as a result I’m rounded up by a group of angry Amsterdam Zuid based Dutch wives and am forced to not only attend a boot camp, followed by a game of hockey and am then taken in one of their Range Rovers (used to take their only child to the kinderopvang) to drink coffee with them afterwards and forced to listen to endless conversations about how stressful their lives are; I’ll face my tormentors and will shout “hou op met jullie gezeik, jullie zijn gewoon verwend en lui.” The things I do for my readers! She’s a corporate tiger, a career girl, she knows what she wants and she’s going all the way to the top, well at least middle management.
Once you’re married the family dog will be treated with more respect than you. No undertakers were hurt during the writing of this post.
In fact there’ll be times when you’re not sure if she’s addressing you or the dog, so abrupt is her manner of speaking. Till next time, don’t shoot the exceptionally well dressed messenger.
Ironically, she’ll still spend a lot of time telling you what you should be wearing and going shopping with you and choosing clothes as if you’re just about to go to school for the first time and need to look smart.Some things will definitely change if you marry your Dutch girlfriend. This is one of the things that attracted you to her in the first place.Once you put a ring on her finger, all of this will change.When you were dating, things were pretty relaxed socially. The calendar on the toilet wall is a legal contract signed with your blood; god forbid if you fail to notice a borrel with Minke, Ida and Anouk and their boyfriends as you did one time, something that she’ll never let you forget.You had your own social circles and of course your joint ones. You work all week and in spite of her working part time and leaving the kids in a nursery, (which you pay for), at weekends she will demand that you look after the kids as she has them all week. In fact, when you die (sooner rather than later) she’ll have engraved on your tombstone, ““, LAME!Search by cuisine type or area, and make a reservation through their online system. Foodspotting deals with specific dishes as opposed to restaurants. Read user reviews and check out their photos to get an idea what you should order and where to go for dinner. It's not perfect - in fact, it's quite buggy from time to time - but it could be a real life saver. Use your GPS location or postcode to find a list of restaurants that deliver in your neighbourhood. It’s a treasure trove of information for expats and contains Dutch history, guidelines on housing and legal issues, healthcare information and much more. (Note that there have been reports of issues with the latter).