British, Culture

A British Superstition: Hello Mr Magpie, How’s Your Wife?

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?

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Children, Culture, Sinterklaas

Guess Who Doesn’t Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate

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

Bikes, Cycling, Dutch language, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

5 Dutch Habits You Need to Adopt to Adapt

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

British, Children, Dutch, Languages, Multicultural, Uncategorized

I’m a Dutch Mama Not an English Mummy

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

Bikes, Culture, Cycling, Typically Dutch

I May Never Be a Fully Fledged Dutch Cyclist

The evening was glorious. Sunshine and blue sky. So we decided to try out the newly acquired toddler seat for the back of my bike and do a spot of pedalling. If you live in the Netherlands, you cycle. Punt. We were cycling for a total of an hour and on our arrival back home,… Continue reading I May Never Be a Fully Fledged Dutch Cyclist

Culture, Netherlands, Typically Dutch

It’s Not So Black and White: Zebra Crossings in the Netherlands

Once upon a time you'd find me standing daily at the side of the road with my three sons waiting to cross over to the other side. Often I'd have a pram with me (my toddler sitting comfortably in it) and the four of us would wait patiently at a zebra crossing. To no avail.… Continue reading It’s Not So Black and White: Zebra Crossings in the Netherlands

Culture, Dutch, Dutch language

How to Make Dutch Friends (No It’s Not Easy)

Last month I published a blog post which threw up the question whether making local friends in the Netherlands is easy to do. The resounding response was no, not really. Luckily, there was also positivity from some thrown in for good measure. Mixed Feelings About Making Friends With the Locals Some of you indicated that making… Continue reading How to Make Dutch Friends (No It’s Not Easy)