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People and behaviors

Amsterdam, 23/03/18 -

People and behaviors

Walk around in Amsterdam Central  and you will meet more tourists than local inhabitants. As a capital, a European city and tourist destination, our French codes are not really different from the Dutch codes in Society. The relations between women and men are pretty much the same and the elders don't like the youth. Pretty much the same right? Where you can find a lot of tourists in the heart of Amsterdam, you will encounter pissed off Dutch people. Tourists may enjoy too much what Amsterdam has to offer.

The general communication is quite the same between European countries, but I realize over the months that some stereotypes are verified. Dutch people have a specific behavior we all know and we called differently according to the situation: the rudeness, the directness, the honesty.

I will call it directness and honesty because of what I experienced. Mostly, the rudeness is from the old dutch people, usually nationalist whom hate foreigners. While in Paris we are trying to soften every word we say, in The Netherlands they say what they have to say, directly without filters. Sometimes it can hurt and other times it can help manage situations.

In Amsterdam, I have the chance to live with more than ten Dutchies, which allows me to discover their habits at home.

First of all, Dutch people don't live at the same time as we do in Paris. They eat dinner really early, around 5-6pm. They don't know what 'Aperitif' (sort of snacking and drinking afterwork, before dinner) is and they do light up candles in empty bottles of wine. Dutch people love food, that's why you can find in Amsterdam's streets at every corner waffle shop, fastfood and restaurants. The culture of delivery food is settled down in Amsterdam so you can see a lot of Young people riding bikes with food bags from Deliveroo, UberEat...

Also, Dutch are really nice, helpful and thoughtful. They care for each other, even if their culture is more indivual. They loveto party and enjoy nice time with friends.

During some parties I went to, I realized that drugs are very present. Because of the weed legislation, everybody in the city can smoke a joint without any problems. So, the underground drugs market  is focusing on hard drugs as coke and pills (MDMA, exctasy...). A lot of Dutch have already tried hard drugs at some parties, it looks like it's pretty common here, maybe more than France. In the streets, because marijuana and hash are legal, drug dealers propose hard drugs. It can be really dangerous because nobody knows what they put inside.

Amsterdam has a lot of similarities with Paris, the busy day life, the crazy nightlife, and te people, kind sometimes and rudes the other times.

 

By Marion Caspar

 

 

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