When I arrived in Belgium, I constantly compared it to France – social security, health, education systems, etc. Only that Wallonia isn’t France even if the language is the same.

Recently, a friend kept on complaining how things were different in the Netherlands; that this wasn’t the same; and that this was better done and anyway, in the Netherlands….  till I said that “Belgium is not the Netherlands”. Or France or Germany for that matter.

Just because people speak your langue doesn’t mean that things are the same as in the country you come from. Ask the Austrians about Germany if you don’t see what I mean. Faut faire à Rome etc.


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