Dalton

Saint Kitts Nevis

This is
Dalton Noland (1967)

Country of origin
Saint Kitts-Nevis

In the Netherlands since
1967

Lives in Amsterdam

11 years

Lives in
Centre

Profession
Entrepreneur

Favorite spot
‘I really like the city and eat outside of the door. In restaurants I already know or new ones. For example Winkel on the Noordermarkt has a delicious applecake, the very best. I always went their with my nephew, he was to little to eat the whole cake, so I always said 'You start at the peak'. So he remains the backside of the cake for me, I think the most delicious part.'

Still would like to
Give a big party in the Westerkerk.

“I was born in a British army hospital in Germany. My father is from Saint Kitts and my mother from the Netherlands. My father was in the army, stationed in Germany. My mother worked at the army base in the weekend, and that’s how they met. I grew up in Zuid-Limburg. I came to Amsterdam in 2005. The city was like a magnet for me. I feel so at home here that if I’m abroad and people ask where I’m from I don’t say Holland but Amsterdam. My first memories of Amsterdam are of a middle school trip to the Netherlandish Bank. They only had empty display cases there. “We do that when schools come to visit” they told us. We boys and girls from Limburg were quite insulted. We had been indirectly accused of being thieves. We would never do something like that! We’re from Limburg and you just don’t do that.


For me, Saint Kitts represents my father. Of course I get a great feeling when I arrive there, and love the fact that Kim Collins is world champion of the 100 metre sprint. It’s a part of my roots. Just like Limburg. I will never turn my back on them. Because it’s a former British colony, we were brought up according to British culture. We had baked beans in tomato sauce with bacon for breakfast and turkey every Christmas with Yorkshire pudding and Johnny cakes which are a bit like scones, but more for the evening meal. When we were young my father taught us maths. But he got his lessons from university text books while I was still in primary school. Much too hard, but I had to try. If friends came to ask if I could play, I wasn’t allowed. I had to stay inside until the lesson was finished. It was so important to my father that we studied well. For him, colour is an issue. It definitely was when he arrived in the Netherlands. He made me study; that was his way of showing me that he loved me.

I sometimes notice aspects of my own upbringing when I look at Samuel, my girlfriend’s six year old son and how she brings him up. He’s often not happy with her choices, but perhaps when he’s eighteen he will be. I think it important that both parent and child have role models. If you really love someone, you have to be strict and let them know how far they can go. And let them experience the consequences when they don’t. For example, I’m teaching Samuel to ride a bike. When he falls off his mother immediately runs to comfort him as if it’s the end of the world. I check he’s OK and make him get back on. These are two different roles. They have to be made ready to enter the world - and to handle it well.”

2 people in Amsterdam have the Nevisian/Kittitian nationality

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