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Topic - The Dutch are a curious bunch...

crayefish - on 27 Mar 2014
Having spent a few days in my new country of residence I am amused and sometimes frustrated by some Dutch peculiarities.

They don't accept Visa or Mastercard... anywhere! (except in some hotels it seems). Apparently according to one local it is because they are too tight to pay the VISA fee so only use local banks. Was a right shock when I turned up and tried to pay with things (eg train ticket!) with my card.

The bicycles (and there are a LOT of them) all have these huge comedy handle bars... even the mountain and racing bikes I have seen have them. Hilarious! Though most bikes are those old granny ones.

The coffee is invariably cold; nearly every double espresso I have ordered since my arrival (quite a few!) have been lukewarm at best.

And also they don't seem to have discovered carpets here...
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