The Dutch Put the ‘Social’ in Housing

To learn about Dutch society, sometimes all you need to do is rent Dutch property. My first housing in the Netherlands was a brand new building, fully furnished, and a total accident. The place had been bought by a Dutch couple, who had been about to get married…

The next place I lived in taught me a lot about Dutch communal space…

Then, I was subletting from a couple of students. It taught me a lot about the Dutch educational system…

And then there were the Stowaways: a circus couple named Vincent & Marli. Their apartment was a nice, big place, but there was a catch…

Yes, I learned a lot in the Dutch Assimilation Course. But the real education has come from renting a bunch of Dutch property.

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Author
Greg Shapiro
Issue
2014 Winter

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