Bikes, Society, Typically Dutch

Replace or Repair, That is the Question.

When an item breaks do you run out and buy a replacement or try to repair it? This question is the theme of the latest SIRE campaign. SIRE SIRE (Stichting Ideële Reclame) is an independent Dutch organisation that raises issues designed to get society thinking about behaviours and actions. It's an organisation that has been… Continue reading Replace or Repair, That is the Question.

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Seasonal, summer

Nazomer Catch Up

The summer holidays are over and the kids are back at school. To prove a point the weather turned almost autumnal too, despite it still officially being summer. September always seems to represent the turning of a page in the book of life. And this September, even more so than previous years. It's almost a… Continue reading Nazomer Catch Up

Bikes, Typically Dutch

Today is ‘Cycle to Work’ Day

In the UK today it's Cycle to Work Day. It's the UK's biggest cycling commuting event. The idea is to get people out of their cars and onto the saddle of a bike. You never know, it may just turn into a habit for some. It caught my eye because sometimes you don't know how… Continue reading Today is ‘Cycle to Work’ Day

Louwman Museum in The Hague on Turning Dutch
Netherlands, The Hague, The Netherlands

The Louwman Museum in The Hague

Situated in The Hague in a purpose built building, the Louwman museum showcases the oldest private collection of cars in the world. It's a must see for car lovers. We drove past many times whilst the structure was being built, watching the site evolve from a building site to an impressive looking museum. The owner… Continue reading The Louwman Museum in The Hague

Typically Dutch

Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

Holiday plans outside of the Netherlands this summer? How will you cope without Dutch cheese during your vacation? Luckily, you don't have to because there's vakantiekaas available just for you! Dutch are Cheese Mad One of the stereotypical icons for the Netherlands is undoubtedly, alongside clogs and windmills, cheese. And where there's smoke there's probably fire.… Continue reading Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

School

Farewell Basisschool, Hello Middelbare School

My eldest son is at school today, as usual, but it's his last day in primary school. After the school holiday he starts in voortgezet onderwijs. That's secondary school to you and me. And that's a whole new ball game for this Turning Dutch mother!   Dutch Primary School System A year ago I wrote Help!… Continue reading Farewell Basisschool, Hello Middelbare School

Expat, Football, Sport

Sport Tournaments Reveal Your Allegiances When You Live Abroad. Discuss.

Yesterday the Women's Football World Cup Final took place. The 2019 tournament has been especially fantastic for Dutch, English, American and Swedish supporters. But again I am aware that there's nothing like sport to test your allegiances when you live in a country you weren't born in. Reading through statuses on Facebook this morning, the… Continue reading Sport Tournaments Reveal Your Allegiances When You Live Abroad. Discuss.