Century the English marked the word “Dutch” as anything they did not like or considered unwholesome.
To name a few that survived to this day; “Dutch courage” (over indulging in alcohol to gain foolish confidence), “Dutch sale or Dutch Bargain” (a sale made at an unfairly low price after the goods were offered at a high price or a one-sided bargain), “Double Dutch” ( incomprehensible nonsense), “Dutch Alps”( small breasts) and my all time favourite and more in line with this article “The Dutch treat” ( to pay one’s own way or going 50/50 on a bill with someone ,be it your date or girlfriend.) I personally experienced the wonders of the “Dutch treat” on a date, on the evening of 31 Are most Dutch men unromantic? Take note that the following article is based on my personal experiences and talking to people.
For instance, whilst in most of the world it’s up to the man to swallow his fear and start up a conversation or ask someone to dance, in Holland the women tend to be a little more forthcoming.
Some find this a little daunting whilst for others it’s a welcome break.
Even if a supposedly romantic evening is going well it is not unheard of for both parties to share the bill.
Perhaps I am old-fashioned but I cannot see or feel any expression of love or affection in this scenario.
The financial expectations in the gender game have also become far more modern in Holland where a guy is certainly not expected to try and pick up the bill.
I came across this excerpt from an article I was reading one day, “Dutch Men” Article from Radio Netherlands, 20 April 2001.
For example the people here, they do not eat spicy food, they take the breakfast something very light like: bread with cheese,ham. In México we eat a lot of tortillas, beans, spicy food, tacos, burritos, carne con chile, sopes, barbacoa, carnitas, soup but most of the time we mix it with chile, tortilla and beans.
I would like to say that here, in the Netherlands is very common to find fries, frinkandel, bolibaal, cold fish, these food are very typical from the Netherlands. They are really cute but they cannot flirt sorry guys….
It is a pity I cannot write a longer article because I have plenty of stories and views an on this subject.
I will only narrate those that immediately come to my mind as I go along.