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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Dutch idiosyncrasies 2:

Not unrelated to my first Dutch idiosyncratic post.
When Esther and Julia go into their class at school every morning they're expected to shake their teacher's hand.
On the first day of term, I thought it was a reaonably polite way to kick off a new school year, but we're now well into the term. Enough already.

2 Comments:

Blogger Eveline said...

I disagree. Our school in Sydney does the same thing. It is not Dutch, but rather an international sign of respect. Don't you shake hands with your friends every time you meet? Agree to disagree?

7:28 PM  
Blogger Eveline said...

Just one more comment: I inform the Dutch about Aussie idiosyncrasies (thanks for teaching me a new word!) and you do it the other way around. Thanks for putting a smile on my face and putting things in perspective.

8:46 PM  

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