Student - 18 april 2019

‘Just a cute little breeze’

The Netherlands is known for having unpredictable and cold weather. However, the Dutch themselves are often surprisingly positive about it. I can feel the optimism from my new Dutch friends when I talk to them about the weather.

Illustration Henk van Ruitenbeek

I was excited when I arrived at Schiphol Airport because it was my first time in Europe and The Netherlands. I arrived in August, and I expected it to still be summer. I imagined that I would still get the chance to feel hot summer temperatures just like in my country. However, in my first few days in Wageningen, I felt cold because of the wind. Even when the sun was shining, I was still cold. So, most of the time I wore a jacket or thick clothes when I went outside.

The Dutch are often surprisingly positive about their weather

At one point during the Annual Introduction Days (AID) my group and I were watching a performance in the city centre. It was around nine in the evening and I wasn’t wearing my jacket. I felt cold because of the wind and I asked my Dutch friends whether the weather in the Netherlands was always this windy. Surprisingly, they answered: ‘Really? Well, it is not even windy. This is just a cute little breeze.’ So now I am trying to make friends with this cute little breeze in the Netherlands.

Siti Widyastuti Noor, an MSc student of International Development Studies from Indonesia

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