Hotel Dom and life in The Netherlands

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Hotel Dom Hotel DomHotel Dom Have you been to The Netherlands? If you are near Utrecht you can stay at Hotel Dom, nominated for "Best Interior Design 2011" by VENUEZ magazine. Hotel DOM is just around the corner from the famous Cathedral of Utrecht. The exterior is combined with modern private rooms and suites and each of them is uniquely decorated. That reminds me of a hilarious list I found via Perfect Living: You know you’ve been in The Netherlands for too long when… 1/ You have a bike 2/ You even know how to brake using retropedaling 3/ Walking from your faculty to the cafeteria has become unimaginable. You take your bike, even if it’s for 50meters 4/ Eating 7 slides of bread for lunch doesn’t scare you anymore 5/ By the way, you stopped eating warm lunch. You just eat bread 6/ You know what a kroket is, and you learned to avoid the orange ones 7/ It doesn’t surprise you anymore to eat at 18:30 8/ You drink beer 9/ You got used to trance and electro music 10/ You don’t cheat on the train, because controllers are EVERYWHERE 11/ When the cafeteria is crowed, you line up neately with the others 12/ You used to use cash all the time, but now you have a pin card 13/ You think ducks are cute 14/ As soon as the sun pops out, you make a barbecue, even if it’s 10°C outside 15/ You think 15°C is warm 16/ You know winter stops in May, and not March as everywhere else 17/ You don’t remember what a moutain looks like 18/ You still don’t know how to speak Dutch. But your English has improved 19/ You know what Surinam is. And where it is 20/ You never go out without your bike lights 21/ You think butter in a bottle is normal 22/ You know that all the guys are in Delft. And the girls, everywhere else, especially Leiden 23/ You go to Leiden on Saturday 24/ You’ve been to a flower park, and thought it was cool 25/ You’re ok with having only one flavour of ice cream (the white ones) 26/ You don’t even bother to ask “do you speak English?”, you just speak English right away 27/ When you go to the cinema, you are ok with being told where to sit 28/ And you wouldn’t dare sit anywhere else 29/ You have finally accepted the fact that Gouda is cheese 30/ Paying 6€ for a meal in the cafeteria seems normal 31/ You know how to repair a bike 32/ You eat potatoes at least once a day 33/ You always check the weather before leaving home 34/ You know what it is being late and having to wait for a boat to cross the bridge 35/ You can drink milk at any time of the day 36/ Sometimes, you only drink milk as lunch 37/ You have tried karnemelk at least once 38/ You start liking dropjes 39/ For you something sweet means straubwaffels 40/ Spring means flowers blooming and construction sites opening up all over the place 41/ Being tall gets a new meaning 42/ Blonde is back to being a hair-color, not a concept 43/ You have 4 seasons in one day 44/ You can start a mail to your teacher who happens to be a doctor by “yo, wassup doc” (exaggeration can get the message through) 45/ You think that paying to use the toilets is normal 46/ You know that kapsalon is not a typical turkish dish, but a hairdresser 47/ You start to think that the strange position of the hole in the WC is not that disgusting 48/ You find it easier to find a good joint that a good coffee 49/ You have the AH bonus card 50/ Your windows have no curtains, and you don’t care 51/ If your windows have curtains, you don’t use them, and just don’t care who might be looking at you 52/ For you, light rain is not rain 53/ Professors write a “well done” comment in your assignment and still grade you with a 6 54/ You can drink beer in the cinema (good) 55/ 10°C is warm enough to wear a short or mini skirt 56/ You can ride your bike in the rain, wind and even snow 57/ Guys are very cute 58/ You can ride your bike wearing skirt (if you’re a girl), a suit or even high heels (if you’re a girl) 59/ When you start having strong opinion even if you vaguely know the topic 60/ When you “wash” the dishes with soap without rincing them 61/ “Alstublieft and dank u wel” are the only dutch words you know 62/ You aren’t surprised anymore that the disco closes at 4 (but it still pisses you off) 63/ You learn to bike without using your hands on the handle 64/ You go to the market and you only buy the stuffs that fit in your bike 65/ Riding a bike and driking coffee/smoking/eating lunch at the same time is not a problem any more 66/ You reformulate the saying “if you drink, don’t drive” by “if you drink, don’t ride” 67/ You’ve been asked where the coffeeshop is 68/ You start wearing orange during soccer events, even when you’re not Dutch 69/ You get used not to use napkins when eating. You just eat dirtily. 70/ You know what GVD stands for 71/ You can never predict the weather and can not believe the weather forecast anymore 72/ You wait for the light to go green before crossing the street, even if there is no car 73/ You sometimes eat only with a spoon 74/ You tried fried fish from the caravans at least once 75/ You clap the lecturer (just because he’s been speaking for 2 hours) 76/ You run to Albert Heijn at 21.55 to get some beer for the party that night 77/ Trees planted in straight rows/ aka the forest/ seems normal 78/ You think you understand why they don’t serve coffee at coffeeshops (but you’re not sure yet) 79/ You steal a bike at the station because the night before someone stole yours 80/ You think it is okay to eat multicoloured sprinkels on bread for breakfast 81/ You use 9292ov.nl to go to the supermarket 82/ You know that the wind blows in your face regardless of the direction in which you are biking 83/ You don’t even try to park in an unauthorised area just to ‘pick something up in 5min’, because you know you will get a ticket in 30 seconds 84/ When you move out of your rental apartment, you know you might have to take the floors with you 85/ Stepping in doggiepoo on the sidewalk becomes almost a daily thing 86/ You end up eating super greasy food at 5am at FEBO or ALEV (Delft) 87/ And after that, you manage to bike home still completely wasted and go to class at 8:45 88/ You need an appointement to talk with your friends. Or your mother 89/ You enjoy making tourists jump off the bike path 90/ You paid more for the lock of your bike than for the bike itself 91/ Real bread? You’ve made your peace with it. It doesn’t exist 92/ You know that the Netherlands doesn’t have a special dish. They just fry everything 93/ You know getting a couch will be difficult because it doesn’t fit through the door. Windows maybe? 94/ You’re ok spending Queen’s Day in the train because people are walking on the rails 95/ Jaap, Joost and Jeroen are the names of most of the Dutch guys you know 96/ When the sun pops up all your Dutch friends are wearing beach flip flops 97/ Dutch people ask you why don’t you speak Dutch? 98/ You still don’t speak Dutch but watch silly Dutch TV shows like Take me out and Single 99/ You have been in a relationship with at least one Dutch person 100/ You are used to people bumping into you abruptly on the street, yet never saying sorry ❤ Jelanie
via vtwonen and Perfect Living
 

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