Categorie: Uit de interculturele hoek

Uit de interculturele hoek…
Greetings across cultures: Bowing, (French) kissing or shaking hands?

A surprising aspect of intercultural communication is the way people greet each other around the world in general, and in the Netherlands and Flanders in particular. Greetings are quite different across cultures, ranging from hardly any physical contact at all (much of Asia) to big abrazos in Latin America. Let’s start with the simplest aspect:

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The Dutch kerstpakket, politically correct?

Let me this time tackle an aspect that is dealing with a typically Dutch ritual taking place at the end of each year: the famous (notorious?) kerstpakket. Although this habit is not very common in Flanders, I’m sure our Flemish colleagues can fully participate in the discussion and express their opinions, or possibly show envy…

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One man and three women on a rowing boat

It was a beautiful sunny day and a man took his mother, his wife and his daughter for a trip on his rowing boat. All four people were delighted by this short voyage. But suddenly the weather deteriorated and a heavy storm set in. The boat came in great difficulties and eventually overturned and sank.

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Churches and social responsibility in The Netherlands and Flanders

It was a sunny day in Amsterdam and I was doing some sightseeing with an Italian girlfriend. Walking past churches she would invariably ask about the names, after which saint they were named, etc. Passing near the Moses and Aaron Church I ventured to say that it was not used as a church anymore, but

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