Expat, School

Next School Year Be a ‘Hulpouder’

With three kids in basisschool (primary school) it's inevitable I'd end up spending some of my spare time in school. From helping group 6 kids make herby butter in the classroom and assisting group 3 pupils with reading to being class parent for a year I've helped out where I can. And here's why it's… Continue reading Next School Year Be a ‘Hulpouder’

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Children, Culture, Expat

Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

It's become a tradition to take each of my sons alone to England to watch a football match at the Premier League club I started supporting when I was a child. It's a club I still follow today, despite moving to the Netherlands. You can read all about the why and what it means to… Continue reading Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

School

Help! We’re About to Navigate the Dutch Secondary Education System

My eldest is currently rounding off in group 7. It means that next year we will be looking for a secondary school for him to attend the following the year. It's a whole new ball game for me, as I didn't go through the Dutch education system. And it's a steep learning curve full of… Continue reading Help! We’re About to Navigate the Dutch Secondary Education System

Culture, Expat, Languages

Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

In┬áresponse to an article I wrote for The Telegraph back in 2010 one helpful reader suggested that living in the Netherlands was easy because it is just like Britain. You can speak English and the culture is the same. He's an idiot. The Netherlands is different and if you want to lead a happy life… Continue reading Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

Bilingual, Dutch language, English, Languages

Dutch and English – A Bilingual Life is an Interesting One

Living in the Netherlands means that my life is conducted in two languages - Dutch and English. Whilst some people may think this makes life complicated, I think it spices things up. Life is interesting in two languages - being bilingual is enriching. As well as all the other advantages! Some Dutch Sounds are Unnatural… Continue reading Dutch and English – A Bilingual Life is an Interesting One

Typically Dutch

The Dutch and Their Love Hate Relationship with Water

The Dutch relationship with water is well-documented and world famous - and of course a special one. From dykes, reclaimed land, polders and windmills, to boats, city canals and mud-walking, Dutch lives revolve around water in one way or another. I guess you could call it a love hate relationship - but instead of fighting… Continue reading The Dutch and Their Love Hate Relationship with Water

Must Sees in NL, Netherlands, Typically Dutch

Why You Should Visit the Dutch Island of Texel

Texel is a Dutch island located in the north of the country and is part of the Wadden Islands. It is known for its nature, thirty kilometers of beaches, sheep, beauty and, out of tourist season, peace and quiet. And it should definitely be on your Netherlands bucket list. "Tessel" First thing is first. You… Continue reading Why You Should Visit the Dutch Island of Texel