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
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.
Marriage is an intricate relationship in the best of circumstances, but throw cultural and language differences into the mix and you may face issues that other couples simply don't experience. Here are five things to think about when you marry someone from another country. 1. Communication When you marry someone whose mother tongue is not… Continue reading 8 Things to Think About When You Marry Someone From Another Country
Looking to explore the Netherlands with children? Then look no further for lots of ideas for days out with the kids. Kasteel de Haar Kasteel de Haar in Utrecht is a great place for exploring with the kids. During school holidays there are special activities for the kids. The castle grounds are fabulous to run… Continue reading 10 Ideas for a Day Out in the Netherlands with Kids
Road trips from the Netherlands involve crossing country borders. Going by car to England using the Eurotunnel means traveling in a number of countries in one day: the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. The difference in driving 'styles' are striking. The Netherlands It's not the first time I've mentioned it, but the Dutch do tend… Continue reading Four Countries in One Day: What to Watch Out For Driving from the Netherlands to England
I realised whilst writing my expat reverse bucket list that there are still some things I want to do whilst I am here in the Netherlands as an expat (not that we are planning on leaving anytime soon but I have a list). Here's my expat bucket list - with updates from five years later! 1.… Continue reading My Expat Bucket List: 10 Dutch Things I Want to Do
There are many aspects of living outside your birth country that can be unsettling, foreign or hard to adjust to but forging new relationships in a language not your own is certainly top of my list. Using a second language, it is hard to convey a real sense of yourself to those around you. Sarah… Continue reading Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice