The Netherlands was never really a place that fit in my horizon. It was a place I knew certain things about that most people know too but there was nothing that really made it special to me. Till I read this book.
A collection of essays by expat bloggers in The Netherlands opened my eyes to how tall the Dutch are, how complicated their language is, how blunt their words are, how they steal bikes left and right, how their doctors don't really want to see you, and how stress and worry free they are when it comes to their kids.
The book also showed me the realities of expats in a country that is totally alien from their own. I loved the diverse voices and how so many different countries were represented. I even enjoyed guessing what country the blogger came from based on how they wrote - the Americans and British have a distinct way of writing and I don't just mean how differently they spell their words from each other.
Now I definitely want to visit this country! And I feel my horizons have definitely broadened after reading this collection!
I only gave it a 4 because not all essays were as good as the others, but most were very interesting!