I have heard the Dutch national anthem played a fair few times during the past week or so because of national remembrance day on the 4th of May, Liberation Day on the 5th and the week before the celebration of King Willem Alexander's birthday. Ever wondered about the origins of the Dutch national ditty? Well,… Continue reading What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?
This week sees the Dutch taking to the streets in honour of the king's birthday. He'll be in Groningen with his family this year but the celebrations will be country wide. At the forefront of any King's Day celebration are children's events. You can read more in my post over on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating King’s… Continue reading King’s Day in the Netherlands
When I was pregnant for the first time I had a renewed interest in nursery rhymes; all those childhood favourites suddenly flooded into my head, breaking through the barrier that adulthood had erected. I wasn't just remembering the English songs from my childhood, but I started learning Dutch ones too. Nursery Rhymes as a Language… Continue reading How Dutch Nursery Rhymes Helped Me Integrate as an Expat Mother
I moved to the Netherlands in 2000 and over the years I have learnt Dutch the best I can. In 2017 I moved to the Achterhoek and suddenly faced the issue that this part of the Netherlands doesn't speak the same Dutch language as the West of the country. You know when people speaking Dutch… Continue reading There’s More Than One Way to Speak Dutch: Welcome in the Achterhoek
We spent the Easter weekend at a FarmCamps in Noord Brabant. It's our second Farm Camps experience and it didn't disappoint. I, once again, had three upset boys for two evenings after we packed up and left our holiday tent. They're on a promise of a return visit. I'm not a camping type of girl,… Continue reading FarmCamps – A Dutch Glamping Experience
Dutch food is not like anything you have eaten before. Of that I am sure. Here's the low down of what to expect when encountering typical Dutch food. 1. Lower Expectations If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed. Typical Dutch food is not haute cuisine. It is not fine dining. In fact, some… Continue reading 8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine
It's local election day in the Netherlands today. You can also vote in a referendum on the new intelligence service law which the government want to introduce. Here's the Turning Dutch guide to voting today: You need to take your stempas and ID (passport, ID card or rijbewijs) to your local stembureau. This is indicated… Continue reading How to Cast Your Vote for Today’s Dutch Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen and Referendum