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Seeing Ourselves in the Cultural Differences

Windmill Adventures in the Brabant Region

Last week we had the August installment of our monthly four-way virtual blog NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches.

Once again, I was thrilled with the resulting posts.

[For newbies, I join Erica (Expatria Baby, Japan), Maria (I Was an Expat Wife, Canada) and Russell (In Search of a Life Less Ordinary, Australia) to write on a joint theme from the four corners of the world.]

In my post A Silent Movie over at Erica’s site, I’d described some of the physical differences in cultural interaction I’ve observed here in The Netherlands.

The fun thing about blogging is when one person’s post triggers a reaction in someone else. They take a piece of the idea in another direction, and the result is a creative new post. So it is with Kym’s Going Dutch…She’s Got the Look over at her great blog Gidday from the UK.

Kym is half-Australian and half-Dutch, and while never having lived in Nederland (she has visited a few times), it’s fascinating to read how familiar my descriptions seemed to her.

Writing of physical mannerisms and personality traits that she obviously picked up from her Dutch father and grandparents, it begs the age-old conundrum of nature versus nurture. How much of ourselves results from genetics, how much from environment?

So have a look. I think it will give you food for thought.

I know it’s already got me thinking…

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