I honestly do not understand why so many websites recommend not tipping your tour guide in the Netherlands?
Tour guides work only seasonally and are paid by the job (and salaries are not that great). In the winter they are mostly unemployed as other jobs are hard to come by, and it is hard to make a living off what was earned during the tour season; so next time you take a tour, and you think your tour guide was great – please tip her/him, and it will be greatly appreciated, even more than kissing!
Like many other countries, Holland is often not known for its own cuisine, having borrowed and adopted dishes from elsewhere, including its former colonies Indonesia and Suriname. When the Dutch left Indonesia. they brought with them an undying appetite for Satay (spicy peanut) sauce and the rijsttafel (ryst-tah-fell, rice table in English), the serving of many small Indonesian dishes revolving around rice. There are many Indonesian and Asian restaurants in Amsterdam where you can enjoy this; for instance the Indrapura on Rembrandtplein. Continue reading
The Dutch eat a fairly small (by American standards) sandwich for lunch. Therefore, a lot of restaurants remain closed until evening dinner. Yet, in many of the restaurants and cafes which do serve this limited lunch menu, it is surprisingly customary to put a blackboard outside at lunchtime listing the daily dinner specials! Dinner is not mentioned, it just says “Specials”. Apparently, the typical Dutch logic follows that the Dutch all subliminally understand these can’t be obtained at lunch time, but what is a poor unsuspecting tourist supposed to do for a warm lunch? Continue reading
April 27 is “Kingsday” in the Netherlands… This is the biggest holiday of the year except for Christmas, and until you have experienced it, you can’t possibly understand what it means: Before the holiday starts, people have already put down their name in their favorite spot on the sidewalk (preferably right in front of their house), and at 7:00 am or earlier on the day itself, they are busily setting up their stand, so all junk accumulated during the year for this purpose will be displayed in the best way…. Continue reading