"We were planning to have a civil wedding and I was waiting for the right moment to tell my very Catholic mother.
Pages of posts in Expatica's discussion forums brand Dutch women as rude and aloof.
It would seem they wouldn't even nudge a foreign Casanova with a barge poll. Dutch lassies are described as big bummed, hard-nosed, masculine, looks- and money-orientated specimens.
a good looking Dutch girl will not go out with anybody who she considers below her looks-wise," says one correspondent. Dutch women here are rude, arrogant and unfriendly.
They do not wish to communicate with people outside their own circle of friends.
From If some of the posts to Expatica's discussion forum are anything to go by, dating the Dutch should carry a health warning, writes Cormac Mac Ruairi.
"Dutch women tend to be obsessive about remembering birthdays," a happily married Englishman noted ruefully.
They are always right about every subject and, unusually for the Netherlands, discussion is not an option.
"It isn't uncommon for a Dutch woman in a night-club to let things get really hot before mentioning casually that she has a steady boyfriend," according to a guy 'who's been there'.
On the other hand, forget to make a big fuss about their birthday and you've dug your own grave.
They go out in mass and avoid one-on-one dates like the plague.Some would-be lovers bitterly lament: "If she's Dutch you don't stand a chance unless you look like a model ?