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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Amsterdam?

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We asked people in Amsterdam if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In the Dutch movie theaters you MUST sit where the usher directs you. The first time I went to the movies, I just sat where I wanted and I was reprimanded in front of the whole theater! Also, you have to bag your own groceries at the supermarkets and if you aren't quick enough, the cashier will yell at you to hurry up! Luckily, the Dutch are very forgiving. If they know you are a foreigner they'll excuse your ignorant behavior," said another expat in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"It is important to be respectful of the local customs and culture when visiting Amsterdam. It is considered rude to be loud or disruptive in public places, so it is important to be mindful of your volume when speaking. Additionally, it is important to dress modestly when visiting religious sites, such as churches. It is also important to be aware of the local laws and regulations, such as the laws regarding the use of recreational drugs. Finally, it is important to be respectful of the local language and to avoid speaking English in public unless it is necessary," wrote a member who made the move to Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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