Dutch weather is kinda like dating a girl

Although I am a girl, I think the weather in Holland is fluctuating within a day on a crazy level more than any typical girls’ mood. If you want to understand a girl, try forecasting the weather in Holland precisely.

Posted by Thao Duong Ngoc Huong at Mar 28, 2018 05:15 PM
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When Dutch people meet each other, usually they will ask how the weather is today. Weather becomes the most annoying character in daily life, but also a unique thing about Holland. It makes you well-prepared for unpredictable periods, and instead of becoming frustrated, just think up activities you should do for each type of weather.

Sunny

Sunny

Everyone here is enthusiastic on sunny days. It generates a positive emotion and encourages people to get outside. It is rare to enjoy sunny moments in winter. So catch up, apply sunscreen and hang out with your friends if possible.

Holland has tons of things to discover. You can buy a Museum card, which only costs € 60 per year and means free entrance to most museums in Holland. Movie theaters sometimes sell vouchers for € 4. There are festivals every month in cities throughout the country. A typical one I really like is the Dickens festival, one week before Christmas in Deventer. Another is King’s day – the biggest holiday in Holland where everyone gets dressed in orange. Work hard, and play hard, that’s the way I always feel happy when living far away from home.

Rainy

Rainy

Rain can start randomly during the day. The pouring rain may last a whole day, whole week or it can be just a shower. In the beginning, you will feel very bothered. However, just think of conquering a girl: that would be much harder. A girl changes her opinions more quickly than a launched rocket. A girl takes a long time to adapt to. So, learn to adapt to this weather, and take cool pictures like me. Why not? Try to choose a cute raincoat with pinky dots pattern to rock the rain.

Cloudy and foggy 

Cloudy and foggy

On foggy days you should turn on the light when cycling, to ensure safety for yourself. You will feel like you are in a Harry Porter movie. This kind of weather usually happens in the early of morning or night, so it will not affect your travel a lot.

Windy

2 months ago Holland was hit by a heavy storm. I fell down while cycling to school and my bicycle was blown far away. Also the window of my dormitory was broken. Trains and flights were canceled. It became my most memorable time while studying here.

Holland has a big coast, so it suffers much wind and rain. When biking, the wind will force you to peddle hard. Maybe you will become a strong legged supermodel after being in Holland.

Snowy

Snowy portrait

It rarely snows in Holland, but in the winter of 2017, the snow was heavy for one week. I realized that snowy days are not as romantic and fun as in Disney-movies. Everywhere the snow got dirty due to the people’s shoes. I did not prepare for the cold, so my clothes didn't keep me warm enough.

Even worse, my gloves got wet which made my hands freeze every time I was cycling. And guess what? Many students fell off their bikes in the streets. For someone who wears glasses like me, it is much more difficult because you will not be able to see anything when snow is falling. What I did: walking with my bicycle and carry an umbrella instead.

My classmates accepted the cold and took selfies for their parents when the snow was falling. It was cool to build snowmen and play snow fight together. 

On freezing days, you can do interesting things like ice skating. People even skate on the canals in Amsterdam. If you are a newbie like me in ice skating, after falling sometimes and making everyone laugh, you will learn how to balance yourself. It is a good way to release stress in the winter.

My advice

Take a look at the weather forecast before going out. Carry an umbrella and raincoat with you regularly. Wear tights to keep your legs warm and choose waterproof gloves. One more thing: buying high quality boots also works well for bad weather conditions and even for traveling onwards (because Holland is still warmer than some other European countries).

Snowy skating

When I think about why I study abroad: it is much more comfortable than in my country. Vietnam has 6 months of rain per year. However, Holland brings me one surprise after another. I hate cycling in heavy snow in the evening, especially when it was still sunny in the morning. Or on rainy days, the wind speed makes me fall off my bike. But that’s Holland. Prepare carefully and enjoy your life here. Yo will probably miss this weather when you return.

Name: Thao Duong Ngoc Huong
Nationality: Vietnamese
MBA student at Saxion UAS

Posted by Thao Duong Ngoc Huong at Mar 28, 2018 05:15 PM
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