I’ve been studying up on The Netherlands in preparation for an upcoming March trip. As noted in my previous post I’ll be staying for two weeks in The Jordaan neighborhood, and if things go as planned we’ll be enjoying our stay in a quiet canalside apartment.
One book I’ve found is “The UnDutchables: an observation of the Nederlands, its culture and its inhabitants.” The UnDutchables is a collective written about life and culture in Amsterdam and throughout The Netherlands. There are several editions, each updated regularly since 1989. Through a humorous look the writers take on such stereotypes as wooden shoes and tulips, and tell stories of daily life, how to assimilate and how not to.
I’ll admit I haven’t started this book yet as I’ve been busy with some other guidebooks and maps. But I’m looking forward to reading the idioms, stories, tips, and advice. It’s been highly recommended on Amazon for anyone spending time in the The Netherlands, no matter how brief.
More on their site at www.unDutchables.com.