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

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We asked people in Haarlem 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!...

"While visiting Haarlem, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions to avoid any cultural faux pas. Here are some tips: Avoid speaking loudly in public places as Dutch people value their peace and quiet. They consider it rude and disrespectful. Do not assume everyone speaks English. Although many Dutch people are fluent in English, it's polite to ask if they speak English before starting a conversation. Avoid discussing personal matters with strangers. The Dutch value their privacy and may find it uncomfortable if you ask about their personal life. Do not interrupt someone while they are speaking. It's considered rude and disrespectful in Dutch culture. Avoid being late for appointments or meetings. Punctuality is highly valued in the Netherlands. Do not leave your trash behind in public places. The Dutch take pride in their clean and well-maintained cities. Avoid making jokes about Dutch culture or traditions. The Dutch are proud of their heritage and may not appreciate humor at their expense. Do not compare the Netherlands to other countries, especially Germany. The Dutch are proud of their unique culture and do not appreciate comparisons. Avoid discussing controversial topics such as drugs and prostitution. Although the Netherlands is known for its liberal policies, these topics are not considered appropriate for casual conversation. Do not ignore the bike lanes. Bicycling is a major mode of transportation in the Netherlands, and pedestrians should be careful not to walk in bike lanes," remarked another expat in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

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

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