Dutch culture, food & weather

Everybody cycles

The first shock was of course the weather. I have never experienced winter before. There is a huge difference between the Netherlands and Uganda if it comes to relationships among people, especially neighbors. In my culture, it is completely natural to know all your neighbors. I know absolutely everybody in my village. People are brought up to get to know people around them and to help each other. Neighbors are almost considered extended family. Here you can live next to somebody for years and not know them at all. Another shock was related to cycling. Dutch people are famous for their bikes, but I was still surprised to see that everybody cycles – men, women, children. Where I come from, women are not supposed to ride a bike. The attitude towards religion is also different here. Going to church is not really important for most people. It took me a while to get used to that.Lydia Bakecura - Uganda