Jorge Vieyra (33) from Mexico is in his fourth year of his PhD in the Department of Applied Physics. He is stunned by the lunches his colleagues eat. “Why do Dutch people always eat weird or very Spartan sandwiches? My colleagues always eat jam sandwiches, chocolate bar sandwiches, entire banana sandwiches. They even have a gingerbread and a spiced cookie sandwich - ‘peperkoek’ and ‘speculaas’!
Also, they only put one thing at a time on their sandwich. For instance, you can buy either a ham or a cheese sandwich, but not a ham and cheese sandwich. This is so common that they find it weird when you mix things. One day at the sports centre I bought two sandwiches, one cheese, one ham. I shifted the slices around to make two ham and cheese sandwiches. Then a Dutch guy, who saw the sandwiches but not the procedure, asks: are these more expensive? Could you believe that?!