At this time of year many of you have travel plans to spend Christmas with loved ones that you left behind when you moved abroad. Leaving family and friends behind is certainly one of the biggest downsides of moving overseas. But there are many positives to living overseas. There are at least five convincing ones… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives
Ever heard the term papadag? About half of new Dutch dads take a regular papadag. And when it comes to work life balance many Dutch people know what they are doing, This month I am taking part in a challenge to write a daily post for The Good Men Project. To read today's offering head… Continue reading Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance
My eight year old recently asked how long kruidnoten have been around for. It prompted a discussion with my buren about spices and ingredients and how long they have been available. It got me wondering: what else don't we all know top of our heads about the Dutch Sinterklaas celebration? 1. Pepernoten and Kruidnoten are… Continue reading 7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration
Does this title ring any bells with you? If you are superstitious about magpies then asking, "hello Mr Magpie, how's your wife?" will be something that you do on a regular basis. In fact, every time you see a lonesome magpie. One Magpie Bad, Two or More Good I was cycling with my eldest back… Continue reading A British Superstition: Hello Mr Magpie, How’s Your Wife?
For years the dispute about Zwarte Piet has been getting more vehement. The voices against 'Black Petes' are getting louder and supporters find ways to make themselves heard over the noise. No one is using their polite voice anymore. It's all got rather nasty if truth be told. But any idea who doesn't give a… Continue reading Guess Who Doesn’t Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate
Living in the Netherlands means you'll eventually take on Dutch habits. Here are five simple ways to adjust to Dutch life. Talk Like the Dutch The Dutch may have an excellent command of English, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't attempt to speak Dutch. No one is saying it's easy, but making an effort does count.… Continue reading 5 Dutch Habits You Need to Adopt to Adapt
Do you prefer to be called mama or papa, like the Dutch use, or the terms in your native language? In my English case, this would be mummy. A Bilingual Household I speak English to my sons. The idea was always that they would then speak English back to me. It's an ongoing battle experiment. However,… Continue reading I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy