The Turk and the Dutchman

By Alper Bilgili, former exchange student at  the VU. — “Hey, why don’t you share these with us?” — “Share?” — “Yeah, we have a weblog and you can publish your thoughts there.” This dialogue had taken place between Lenie, VU lecturer in anthropology, and me, in Yeniköy, Istanbul. She thinks that my observations regarding the Netherlands are interesting. Thus, anyone who wants to blame someone after reading this post should send an e-mail to her. Here I will share some stereotypes regarding the Netherlands, the Dutch and Turkish societies. Then I will evaluate them — of course very subjectively.

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