Hello to all of my faithful readers. It makes me happy when people tell me that they’ve been keeping up with my posts.
In a few days, I will have officially been here for two months, and I’m still enjoying my time here. One of the main reasons I’ve been enjoying my time here is because of all of the new friends I’ve been making. I’ve literally made friends from all over the world; Australia, Denmark, Canada, Chile, and of course The Netherlands. When we’re not in class, we do a variety of things: going to the movie theater, travelling, cooking and having dinner together, sitting outside studying and relaxing, and playing cards. Those are just a few examples of some of the things we do in our spare time.
Living in a foreign country for a significant amount of time with people from other countries is an eye-opening experience. I was born and raised in the U.S. (Virginia, to be exact) so the way things are done in Virginia seem to be the most natural way of doing things. With that being said, learning about how things are done in other countries reminds me that there isn’t one right way to do things. I’ve compiled a short list of cultural differences that you may or may not be familiar with.
1. Chips can mean chips, or they can mean fries, depending on the context.
2. Biscuits can mean biscuits or cookies, depending on where you are.
3. Outside of the U.S., football and American football are two different things.
4. The Netherlands is, thankfully, not as humid as Virginia.
5. “Convenience” stores are not necessarily convenient (most stores are not open on Sunday).