5 Things the Non-Dutch Should NOT do #MondayBlogs #Sinterklaas #expatliving #Dutchness

Just in case you ever get to the Netherlands! 😄😄😄

D.E. Haggerty

Today is pakjesavond in the Netherlands. What in the heck is pakjesavond? It’s traditionally the day Dutch kids get presents from Sinterklaas – with a whole bunch of help from Zwarte Piet. In honor of this tradition, I’m giving some free advice to the expats living in the Netherlands. Here are some activities that those of us who were not born and raised in the lowlands should avoid.

beer-and-bikingCarry groceries on handlebars. The Dutch can carry anything on their bikes. I’ve seen men happily biking past my house with an empty crate of beer between their legs and a full one on the back. It’s a time-honored to tradition to throw bags of groceries, clothes, whatever, onto the handlebars and merrily bike on. Do not do this if you are not born with orange in your blood. A colleague of mine tried this and ended up at the emergency room…

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