Issues covered in the initial book - finding the perfect house, landing the right job, building a network, showing face at the right places - are all facets of resettling that get easier with time.
However, trying to understand why one would desire a man with a hairstyle that resembles a "lion’s mane" tamed with gallons of gel, or how ladies' denim can be acceptable formal attire, become, well, the .
This has changed the Dutch dating game in some respects as 'first dates' are moving to online dating platforms and social media.
Your job is to shut the fuck up and go with the flow.
What you must not do, and I cannot emphasis this point enough, is to lob back another joke in response.
Both Dutch women and Dutch men are renowned for being straight-forward in conversation, and little social negativity is attached to asking personal questions or openly stating one's unsolicited opinion in the Netherlands.
The Dutch tend to believe it is better to be honest than mislead someone.
Far from a science, the book offers something more valuable: practical advice based on the lived experiences of expats dating the Dutch and the Dutch dating those expats. In his quest to crack the courtship codes of the Netherlands, Simon sought advice and collected stories from his fellow expats via social media, consulted his network of Dutch and expat friends/associates and, of course, mined his own personal experiences.