A Dutch companion may say the word “uitbuiken,” roughly translated as “belly out,” after a multi-course meal. It refers to the act of letting food settle after eating. He may sit on a comfortable chair, stretch his legs, and lean back to aid digestion.
Hearing “uitwaaien” from a Dutchman is a cue to go for a walk and get some fresh air. Known for being health-conscious, it’s no wonder the Dutch have a special word for this recuperative walk. The Netherlands’ countryside is perfect for uitwaaien, which means “to walk in the wind.”