The typical Dutch stereotype consists of cheese eating, clog wearing tall people talking a dialect of German with a backdrop of windmills sailing round on the flatlands. However, there is much more to this small country and the people who live in it than the rest of the world thinks. Here are ten things you… Continue reading 10 Things You Don’t Know about The Netherlands and the Dutch Until You Move Here
Gezellig means cosy and content. It's the Dutch equivalent of hygge. Think of it like the human version of a cat purring. Here are 9 ways you can get yourself some Dutch gezelligheid. 1. Make Appointments The Dutch, in general, don't appreciate you turning up on the doorstep to invite yourself in for a cup of… Continue reading 9 Ways to be Gezellig Dutch Style
The Netherlands may be a small country but it's one full of differences. It's also one that borders other countries and since our move last month from the West of the Netherlands to the East I have discovered personally that hopping to the other side of the country brings with it changes - some big,… Continue reading 9 Ways Life Has Changed Since Moving from the West to the East of the Netherlands
It's kinderboekenweek (children's book week) time in the Netherlands. This is an annual celebration of kids' literature and in 2017 runs from the 4th to the 15th of October. This year's theme is gruwelijk eng. Schools usually highlight kinderboekenweek and libraries host special activities too - so jump on board and stimulate your children to up their Dutch reading… Continue reading Kinderboekenweek
We have been living in the Achterhoek for nearly two months now and as of today there is a sense of normalcy returning to our lives. How are we finding life on the other side of the Netherlands, in the Achterhoek? Here's a bit of a long overdue update. My husband starts his new job… Continue reading How is Life in the Achterhoek?
This time one year ago I became a Nederlander. Exactly one year ago. So, you are wondering, just how much Dutchification has taken place during the last year? Do I, you ask, now feel more Dutch than I did a year ago? And what, you wonder, have I done to celebrate this momentous occasion? Well… Continue reading One Year of Dutchification
So, we've moved. Tomorrow our 'old' house passes to new owners and our property ties with the west are officially broken. We are now firmly established in the east of the Netherlands. The stress over the last few months has been enormous. We have said so many goodbyes and there were tears. We got the… Continue reading Settling In to Our New Home