The Thing About Being Dutch

by - 6:48 PM

I've never made an FAQ page on my blog, for the simple reason that very few people ask me questions. But if someone does ask me a question, it's always this one: 'Are you really Dutch?'
Yes, of course I am! Why would I lie about that? And what else do you expect me to be? I'm a full blood Dutchy and proud of it too!
Sometimes though, I wonder why people keep asking me this. Is it because they're jealous? Probably, because, let's face it, guys, the thing about being Dutch is... it's pretty freaking amazing!

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Being Dutch is all about cycling everywhere - without a helmet of course. Through wind, rain and snow the Dutch cycle to their homes, schools and work - without giving a single F-bomb about such a thing as traffic signs, cars, cats and other cyclists. Survival of the fittest! We cyclists are the kings of the roads!

And ice-skating, is that part of being Dutch? Let me tell you: it definitely is! Whether it's just watching a 10k race between Sven Kramer and Jorrit Bergsma or going ice-skating yourself, it's all part of being Dutch. -2 degrees outside? Get those skates ready, it's going to be a great winter!
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Being Dutch means eating hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) on your bread. Who says sprinkles are only for birthday cakes?! Whoever said that, they were defenitely not Dutch!
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Being Dutch is also about not being Danish. And not being German either.
'I'm Dutch.'
'So, you're from Germany?'
'No man, I'm Dutch, not German!'
'Oh, from Denmark.'
Dear people of the rest of the world, buy a map and learn English!

Being Dutch means learning a ton of languages, so we can annoy at least half of the population of planet Earth our nonsense. French, German, English, you name it. And who learns Dutch? That's right, no one! Our language is way too exclusive for others to learn (and most of you can't make the spitting and gurgling noise we call a 'G')!
Only the Swedes can beat us at this game!
Big part of being Dutch is making fun of the Belgians. You don't want to know how many jokes we have about those 'dumb Belgians'. But at the end of the day, we all love the Belgians to bits (the Dutch speaking Belgians of course) and root for them in sports competitions (but only if the Dutch aren't competing)!

But mostly, being Dutch is about secretly loving our stereotype. Because we all eat loads of cheese. Even I have walked on wooden shoes when I was a kid. Mills are scattered around the countryside. And those beautiful tulips? I plant them in my garden every spring.

Yes, I am Dutch. I am lifethreatening as soon as I start cycling. I obsess over the weather forecast every winter. I watch every ice-skating match. I eat sprinkles at breakfast. I'm not from Germany or Denmark, I'm Dutch! I speak your language or will try to learn it, even though you'll never learn mine. I make bad jokes about Belgians and I secretly do the most stereotypical things. But you know what, I'm freaking proud of that. We're a crazy country with crazy habits - but that's what makes being Dutch so awesome. I am proud to be Dutch and the whole world may know that!

Stay Awesome!

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  1. That is a really nice saying how you told us about being a Dutch.
    Love it.
    Lea

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    1. Thank you very much. I think the best way to teach people about seemingly uninteresting things is adding some humor to it. I'm glad you liked it!

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  2. I must have been Dutch in a past life, because I dream of putting chocolate sprinkles on everything (I have even tried putting it on bread, and I'm so happy that's an accepted thing where you live!). I was in a lot of tourist-y places this summer and noticed Americans asking people if they "really are" their nationality. Finding an Irish person in Ireland is not very difficult, but they reacted like they'd just seen a unicorn every time.

    Great post :)

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    1. We have fruit flavored sprinkles too if you ever get bored of the chocolate sprinkles (though I can't imagine that happening). Next time you want to put sprinkles on your bread, just tell everyone it's an old Dutch tradition ;)
      Did your brain hijack my brain's wavelength? 'Cause at first I wanted to make a remark about people on the internet looking at me as if they'd seen a unicorn when I tell them I'm Dutch!
      Weird, isn't it, that people can be so surprised by people having a different nationality? Do they expect the whole world to be American or something?

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  3. Hahaha :P
    Ths might be my favourite post on your blog :P
    People don't really take your word do they that you are a dutch :P
    choclate sprinkles on bread..that sound interesting..^_^
    learned some interesting facts about dutch people :P

    Neal Kind
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    1. Thank you so much ^-^
      And no, no one takes my word that I'm Dutch and I really don't understand why not. Especially when I write a post with sentences like 'Here in the Netherlands...' I mean, why would I be anything else than Dutch when I say these kind of things?
      Chocolate sprinkles aren't only interesting on bread, they're delicious. You should try it some time!

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    2. Maybe start telling them that you're actually from Narnia instead :P

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    3. Yeah, maybe I should do that XD
      Or like:
      'Are you really from the Netherlands'
      'No, I'm actually'coming straight from your worst nightmare.'
      I see some great opportunities to mess with people :P

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  4. Chocolate sprinkles on your bread?? Why have I never heard of such a thing? Do you just put straight up chocolate sprinkles on the bread or do you add some sort of butter or other spread to make them stick? Do you toast the bread? Any favorite brand of sprinkles? I need a recipe for this!

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    1. You probably never heard of it because only the Dutch and a few Belgians do it. We don't talk about it very often 'cause we know that the rest of the world finds this habit a little odd.
      Since you have so many questions (and not just you but almost everybody who commented on this mentioned the sprinkles) I think I'm going to do a post on it soon. I'll explain all about the perfect bread with chocolate sprinkles ;P

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  5. Hahahah okay it's official - your writing style is THE best. Really. If I'm having a bad day your posts pick me up, they're such a pleasure to read! I looooved this post, keep writing, girl and don't let anyone else ever tell you otherwise!! xx

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    1. Thank you for this kind comment! It made my day :)
      I have very little time left to write, but I try to write as much as possible - comments like yours are the things that keep me going!

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