Multicultural

Four Countries in One Day: What to Watch Out For Driving from the Netherlands to England

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

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10 Dutch Things I Want to Do
Netherlands, Typically Dutch

My Expat Bucket List: 10 Dutch Things I Want to Do

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

Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice
Expat, Languages

Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice

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

Expat

The Fraudulent Expat: Living Local But Not Native

When I first moved overseas I was struck by the fact that some expats are more equal than others. I had never really thought about expat life before - why would I whilst I lived in my birth country? What's An Expat? When I moved abroad I technically became an expat. Wikipedia describes an expatriate… Continue reading The Fraudulent Expat: Living Local But Not Native

Culture

Dutch Win the Eurovision Contest After 44 Years

It would be remiss of me to let the Dutch Eurovision Song Contest victory pass without comment. It's something that hasn't happened in 44 years and definitely worth a congratulatory note. Eurovision Fans Now I have to admit, Eurovision is not everybody's cup of tea. Not by a long stretch. Added to that there were… Continue reading Dutch Win the Eurovision Contest After 44 Years

Expat

Do You Wear an Expat Mask?

Many, 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. Do we wear an expat mask I wondered..... In essence, people are only really one hundred percent themselves when they are alone. With… Continue reading Do You Wear an Expat Mask?

Languages

When Can You Call Yourself Fluent in a Language?

Nearly nineteen years living in the Netherlands and I live my daily life in Dutch. Would I call myself fluent? No, nee, absoluut niet. So when can you think of yourself as fluent? This post was prompted by this tweet. What does Fluent Mean? When a person is fluent, they can speak a language easily,… Continue reading When Can You Call Yourself Fluent in a Language?