UnDutchables

Fahrenheit 451 in Holland

Fahrenheit 451 in Holland

Censorship in Holland seems to be an abstract unrealistic notion. Considering that the Netherlands used to be renowned for it’s extreme open culture and liberalism, I had no idea books of any kind could ever be banned. One thing to remember about anything forbidden by society, especially when it’s involves group-think or the so-called protectionist(…)

Rabobank Nay ABN-AMRO Yay

Rabobank Nay ABN-AMRO Yay

Fortunately, for future international students and expats you can now heed my advice and effectively bypass this most distasteful and unprofessional attitude. I am of course referring to Rabobank which unfortunately for Utrecht University students has some monopoly on student accounts. I initially applied using the online downloadable PDF form, which was conveniently linked from(…)

The Shit Lords in Holland

Peter Stuyvesant Square is located in New York City, between 15th and 17th street and 1st and 3rd avenue. Aptly named, it is a small encapsulated natural preserve, amidst the cold backdrop of sprawling concrete and steel. Incidentally, the premier high school for science, mathematics and technology was also located within this vicinity. This was(…)

Dutch People are Cheap – Gezellig Not!

Dutch People are Cheap – Gezellig Not!

Dutch People are Cheap. The dutch have an tradition of being extremely frugal and somewhat pragmatic. Unfortunately, if you are engaged in any form of monetary transaction (selling), you might experience an annoying cultural byproduct of this cheapness obsession. Compounding matters for foreigners is what appears to be a cultural bias born out of blind(…)

McDonalds Charges Toilet Fee: Pissing Against The Wind For € .20

McDonalds Charges Toilet Fee: Pissing Against The Wind For € .20

McDonald’s Charges Toilet Fee in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Let it be clear this is not a rant comparing aspects of socialism against capitalism. However, living in a modern plutocracy ruled by an oligarchy of technocrats, banker-politico robber barons and PC apologists, does influence one’s perception and cultural bias. Needless to say I was not impressed(…)

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel: Wall Paintings

NH Schiphol Airport Hotel in Amsterdam is a unique place for numerous reasons. The following are some of the rather odd and macabre original artwork which grace the walls of the NH Schiphol hotel in Amsterdam. This is a monstrous hotel with winding corridors, a breezy alcove and a delightful multilingual staff. The walls in(…)