Even if you happen to get beyond the stage of being constantly dumbfounded by the sheer size of Dutch people, there is still something odd about the place.

This is not least because of the large population of parrots (Ring-necked Parakeets): you see them and hear their squawking calls everywhere, particularly in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague.

(Un)Naturally, this is an invasive species, just like the parrots of suburban London. They are beautiful creatures, nevertheless, and with a dash of lime and garlic they make an excellent starter…

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