This expat’s TikToks about weird Dutch habits went viral (because they’re relatable af!)

Have you ever struggled to impress upon your friends the fact that Dutch culture goes far beyond a love of kaas and broodjes? Fear no more, this expat’s viral videos perfectly encapsulate the Dutchies’ weird and wonderful cultural quirks.

Claudia Arroyo originally comes from Peru but as her TikTok videos will tell you, she โ€” like many of us expats โ€” fell for a Dutchie.

Life as a lovepat and mother in the Netherlands certainly has its challenges. Thankfully, Claudia has risen to them and she made sure to let the world in on some of her hilarious observations while she was at it.

@claudiatheonlyoneThe list continues ๐Ÿ˜‚ ##dutch ##dutchculture ##culturamixtacheck ##nederland ##livingabroad ##netherlands ##latinosenholanda ##peruanosenelmundo ##foryou ##fypโ™ฌ WTF (feat. Amber Van Day) – HUGEL

Some weird obsessions

As with anyone’s TikTok profile, there’s a lot to unpack when you visit Claudia’s page โ€” but let’s start with some interesting Dutch obsessions that she has noticed…

The Dutch obsession with Buienradar…

I’m glad I’m not the only one who is confused by the Dutch’s unyielding trust in this rain radar app. I firmly believe that a Dutch person could be standing in the rain and yet deny that it is raining unless this app says so. ๐Ÿ˜‚

…and cycling in the rain

However, regardless of what Buienradar says you can guarantee that nothing comes between a Dutchie and their bike. Come wind, rain, or snowfall โ€” if there is a road, it will be cycled down.

@claudiatheonlyoneI had much fun making this video ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ##dutch ##customs ##typisch ##nederland ##latinosenelmundo ##voorjou ##foryou ##livinginholland ##culture ##fyp ##peruโ™ฌ Chica Ideal (Quiero Una) – Fran Argiro & Martin Banus

Obscure cultural quirks

Claudia also made sure to shine a light on some of the more obscure aspects of Dutch culture. For example, anyone who has been living in the Netherlands for some time either has heard of (and maybe even experienced โ€” if so, we’re so sorry) the anxiety-inducing circle of death at Dutch birthday parties…

@claudiatheonlyoneWhich one you also had to get to?๐Ÿ˜‚ ##latinoseneuropa ##dutch ##nederland ##customs ##costumbres ##culturamixtacheck ##foryou ##parati ##livingabroad ##cultureโ™ฌ Mariners Apartment Complex – Lana Del Rey

Even more obscure is the Dutch toilet calendar? Is this a thing? Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me when you consider how closely some Dutchies cling to their agendas. With all that scheduling, it’s probably best to keep yourself and others updated on future business whilst attending to, ahem, toilet business.

@claudiatheonlyoneNever under any circumstances is it ok to add yourself to someone elseโ€™s toilet calendar๐Ÿ˜‚ ##dutch ##customs ##nederland ##culture ##latinosenholanda ##fypโ™ฌ EverybodyMakesMistakes – Jason Wolbert

The struggle of learning Dutch

Some of Claudia’s most popular videos are relating to the well-known struggle of learning Dutch.ย While expats certainly experience the Netherlands in different ways, I think there is one aspect of Dutch culture that we all collectively struggle with โ€” is it “de” or “het“????

@latina_in_thenetherlandsThe struggle is real ๐Ÿ˜‚ ##taal ##nederland ##netherlands ##language ##latina ##latinoproblems ##learningdutch ##latinoseneuropa ##voorjou ##trending ##foryou ##fyโ™ฌ original sound – Elyy ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ

Some wholesome takes

While Claudia enjoys poking fun at Dutchies, you can also see from her videos that she loves her life as an expat in the Netherlands. On her page, you can find moments of gratitude to the Dutch โ€” as well as some wholesome and motivational content.

@claudiatheonlyonePeruvian from โค๏ธ but I love my life here ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿฅฐ ##dutch ##hopelesslydevoted2u ##nederland ##livingabroad ##latinaseneuropa ##latinosenelmundo ##foryou ##fypโ™ฌ original sound – ashley trinh

What cultural quirks have you noticed as an expat in the Netherlands? Tell us all about them in the comments below!ย 

Editorโ€™s Note: This article was originally published in January 2021, and was fully updated in March 2021 for your reading pleasure.
Feature Image: DutchReview/Canva.

Sarah O'Leary ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Sarah originally arrived in the Netherlands due to an inability to make her own decisions โ€” she was simply told by her mother to choose the Netherlands for Erasmus. Life here has been challenging (have you heard the language) but brilliant for Sarah, and she loves to write about it. When Sarah is not acting as a safety threat to herself and others (cycling), you can find her sitting in a corner of Leiden with a coffee, trying to sound witty.

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