Food, Netherlands, Typically Dutch

8 Tips for Dining Out in the Netherlands

Having had yet enought below par lunch at a local restaurant last weekend I thought I'd share some tips to get the most out of your dining out experience in the Netherlands. I ordered a burger. It was cold in the middle. It was taken away with a 'jeetje' uttered in surprise. It came back and… Continue reading 8 Tips for Dining Out in the Netherlands

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Netherlands, Typically Dutch

6 Reasons to Visit The Netherlands with Children

The Netherlands is a hop skip and a jump away from many European countries (or a short train, boat or plane trip in any case) and it’s a surprisingly versatile kid friendly destination for both short or long breaks. Here are six reasons to visit the Netherlands with children, that go far beyond Amsterdam. 1.… Continue reading 6 Reasons to Visit The Netherlands with Children

Expat

Part Me, Part Expat, Part Local: Authenticity and Expat Life

Many years ago I read an article in the Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC, about how people wear 'masks' according to the situation they find themselves in and who they are with. In essence, people are only really one hundred percent themselves when they are alone. With a partner most, if not all, of the facades… Continue reading Part Me, Part Expat, Part Local: Authenticity and Expat Life

Britain, British

Brexit Through the Eyes of a Brit in the EU – Nineteen Months On

It's been (purposely) a long time since I wrote a blog post with the word Brexit headlining in it. I had been hoping Brexit would fade away and die the death it deserves to have. But it hasn't. So what is it like now as a Brit in the EU, 19 months after the referendum… Continue reading Brexit Through the Eyes of a Brit in the EU – Nineteen Months On

Home, Netherlands

How to Survive Renovating Your Home in the Netherlands

Pirates and merchants. That's the phrase one expat uses to describe Dutch builders or any related service provider. You know the type of issue - ridiculously high quotes, shoddy work or unreliable service. Or all three. Since last July I have to say I have come to understand this point of view.   Do Your… Continue reading How to Survive Renovating Your Home in the Netherlands

New Year

Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

The festivities have died down, the firework rubbish has been cleared away (in some places at least), peace has been restored and we're all ready to tackle whatever 2018 throws at us. But before you get too comfortable with 2018 there is something you should be aware of in the Netherlands. You may have already… Continue reading Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival