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I have not forgotten. I was shocked when my date pushed the bill to me shortly after it was handed to him. How unromantic and cheap! The Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary 8 th ed. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary ed. Let us examine this, shall we. Take note that the following article is based on my personal experiences and talking to people. It is a pity I cannot write a longer article because I have plenty of stories and views an on this subject.
I will only narrate those that immediately come to my mind as I go along. I will Dutch men relationship to pay it. If it is not going well, I will make sure she pays half. It is fair. I will not spend my money on a bad date. However, I later realized that this is not very strange in the Netherlands. Even if a supposedly romantic evening is going well it is not unheard of for both parties to share the bill.
Perhaps I am old-fashioned but I cannot see or feel any expression of love or affection in this scenario. It is a great cause for shame and embarrassment Dutch men relationship let a woman even if she is a heartless vamp pay a part or all of the bill where I come from. For the record I am happily married to a wonderful Dutch man whose idea of romance may sometimes differ from mine but he treats me very well and loves me. I believe however, the above quotation has some truth. I think the reason most Dutch men are not romantic is rooted in the fact that the Dutch women are more emancipated compared to women in other countries.
It is a nation of liberated women. Dutch women prefer to be treated and to treat men as equals. There is no need to validate your love for her. Treating her in the true spirit of compromise and equality is enough to validate your undying love to her.
You just have to be faithful and respectful. But most of us non- Dutch women expect to be treated with more romance, expect more presents, more compliments and more acknowledgment just for being women. We want to feel valued and special. A few may perceive our expectations as being shallow, one-sided and selfish but in our defensethis adds a certain flavour to the relationship that makes it more pleasant, magical and rewarding to both parties. As an African woman I know from experience that African men can be quite romantic in terms of showering women with attention, gifts and compliments.
Perhaps it comes from past tradition of men being the provider in the home and ensuring your wife or wives lack for nothing. One who built his woman a beautiful house, clothed her in the best clothes, adorned her with jewellery and fattened her up with rich foods fat women were a depiction of a wealthy man was the envy of the village. A man who can keep his woman or women happy was well respected.
This instills a sense of pride in the man and envy in other men. I believe this culture seeped into the minds of modern African men and that is why most inadvertently romance their women, with some not even realising they are doing so. I remember my father surprising my mother with the gift of a car she had long admired when she obtained her Driving .
My mother was and is a working woman with a steady job but my father continued to do so throughout. He provided absolutely everything in the home. Dutch men relationship remember my mother telling me that my father always volunteered to change poopy nappies no diapers in those days when we were babies.
Perhaps psychologically and on a subconscious level one cannot escape that which is or was traditionally and culturally ingrained despite generations of change. Last month, K, a Dutch woman friend of mine was telling me how she hates it when a man she is dating calls her or sends her messages during the day telling her he misses her and is thinking of her. She would rather he did not because she would rather use that time concentrating heavily on her work or activity instead of listening to an overly sensitive her words and emotional man.
It is distractive. According to K there is a time and place for everything. She would rather appreciate it if he called her to make an appointment afspraak for a date.
In which case, she would have to consult her diary for a suitable date and time. I thought she was insensitive, crazy and overly practical. I would love that! I always looked forward to receiving those kind of calls and messages from my partners, whether extremely busy or not, and in all of my relationships except one, I expected and received them. It made me feel very special. During one of our practical interactive activities Nederlands gesprek oefenenen she revealed that her gentleman friend whom she had been seeing for just over a year was too sweet and too fond of romancing her.
She found it strange and uncomfortable to be pampered and spoiled by a man. She felt he did not need to get her small thoughtful gifts or constantly remind her of his love for her. She admitted that she preferred the Dutch way of romance and had tried telling her English boyfriend to tone it down a bit. It concluded that her relationships with Dutch men were casual, practical and more impersonal.
She simply could not cope with a man opening the door for her and pulling out chairs for her because, in her view, she is not helpless and unable to do so herself. A girlfriend of mine, E, Dutch men relationship me laugh when she narrated her story. E is not Dutch. She told me she was getting increasingly sick and tired of the lack of romance in her relationship with her Dutch boyfriend, T. That Dutch men relationship had talked herself hoarse in telling him over and over again ideas on how to romance her and how important it is to her.
T loved E and he put in some effort in romancing her. E is a lover of architecture and had on numerous occasions mentioned to T that she loves the structures in Amsterdam.
T took this clue and on the next special occasion an anniversary he got her a jigsaw puzzle of one of the buildings in Amsterdam. This is not romantic at all! E exclaimed to me.
It was special that T had remembered her love for Amsterdam architecture but she expected at the very least flowers to come with the gift. However, she did not mention this to T and graciously accepted the gift even though she hates jigsaw puzzles. It was a work day and we were both at work. I remember waiting patiently for him to call me or send me a sweet message Dutch men relationship the day. Part of me even expected flowers to be delivered to my office. By At This is it! I thought, berating myself for being angry at the poor man the whole day.
We arrive almost simultaneously at the restaurant and proceed with the usual niceties and ordering of drinks and food. Meanwhile, I am waiting for something romantic to happen. At the very least I expected a compliment on how good I looked because I had taken special care to groom myself that morning and had a killer of a fabulous outfit to top it all off.
I looked very good, if I do say so myself. Do you really love me? I blurt out angrily and painfully. He casually replies that indeed he is aware of the day but thinks nothing of it other than a day commercialized in the guise of love. He shows his love for me every day and does not need to celebrate it on a specific date.
He goes further to ask me why I did not do anything romantic for him myself since I believed in celebrating the day. Huh, has he been smoking grass?!!! Typical Dutch. Alles moet gelijk zijn. Everything has to be equal.
Women should put in the same effort as a man, no matter what. Lesson learnt.
He realized how important it was for me. A former expatriate acquaintance of mine, S, was taken by her then potential boyfriend, F, to Paris. She was touched and looked forward to what could be a romantic time in the so called, city of love. After three days in Paris they came back to the Netherlands and I was waiting almost impatiently to hear about the romantic session in Paris.
Well, for starters she was not very eager to talk about the whole experience. Later she said Paris was fine and that she shopped a bit and experienced some sights and sounds but that was it. Well, she obviously was not impressed. In her mind he was cheap and did not put in any effort to show her she was valuable.
Indeed, romance is not about getting presents or expensive wining and dining. However, the obvious fact was that F was not spontaneous nor did he take the time to find out the type of things and places that may impress S. My good friend Dutch men relationship told me that what surprised her when she first started dating Dutch men was that she was hardly ever picked up from her house for a date.
It was almost always the case that she would have to transport herself to the agreed venue of meeting. She hated this because she had to rely on public transport and sometimes had to walk a bit of a distance in her mostly high heeled and expensive shoes.Dutch men relationship
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