Netherlands: Through Kim’s Eyes


Where are you originally from?


In one word or sentence, how do you describe your people?
Down to earth and direct.

On a scale of 1-10, how well does your country speak English?

Can you give a key phrase/word/expression that people in your country usually say?
Gezellig is a typical Dutch word which has no proper translation in English. It’s somewhere in between cozy and sociable.

How do I say “hello/thank you/please/sorry” in your language?
Hallo / Bedankt / Alsjeblieft / Sorry

Are you more like laid back or party people?


Best food? Weirdest food? Local food to try?
Most foreigners love our stroopwafels (cookies), poffertjes (small pancakes) and bitterballen (fried meat stuffed balls). If you’re more daring, try haring (raw fish), drop (licorice candy) or do a diagonaaltje (at the snackbar, you can get fried snacks out of the wall: start at the top on the left and work your way down to the bottom on the right).

Best drink? Local drink to try?
Jenever, not necessarily a nice drink. Grannies like their advocaatje. I’d just stick to your regular drink of choice.

How is breakfast served in your country?
It’s plain and simple: a few slices of bread and coffee or tea. Although we are moving more and more towards yoghurt with granola.


The best festival to attend?

Which sport are you guys crazy about?

What is the craziest thing to do in your country?
Taking an alpaca for a walk.


Can you name a place that most people have not heard of? A secret spot perhaps!
I studied in Breda for a little while and love the city for it’s atmosphere.

Where can visitors find the best beach?
I enjoy Bergen aan Zee for it’s laidback vibe, Bloemendaal for a bit of a party bive and Scheveningen is really trying to revamp and getting rid of it’s old-fashioned image.

If I’m staying for less than a week, which city should I choose?
Amsterdam. For obvious reasons, but also because you can easily visit the beach, Haarlem, Utrecht and other Dutch cities.


What is your country’s most popular stereotype/cliché?
Everyone in Amsterdam is always stoned. Not true!


Are you a traveler? Which place is your favorite so far?
Yes, totally in love with Central and South America

Why do you love traveling? 
Because it’s an amazing opportunity to do, see, eat, drink, feel something or meet someone new every day.


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