As Sinterklaas is coming to town this weekend: here is a description of a tradition that I experienced live and in person when I lived in Belgium. I was walking down the street in Antwerp to run into two men in blackface (and this was after Vlaams Bloc won the election). I decided to keep my wisearse comments to myself.
Anyway, Sedaris has a couple of questions he asks to break the ice.
Personally, I prefer what makes the Netherlands interesting to what makes the US interesting.
Although, I am sure that some people will prefer what makes the US interesting.