I'd been living here about eight years when the realisation snuck on me, and quite frankly took me by surprise; suddenly the Netherlands felt like home. Heading back to England these days, seventeen years after leaving, feels like walking back into a house I once lived in. It has an air of familiarity, but it's… Continue reading Oost West Thuis Best: The Netherlands Became Home
If I surrendered my British passport tomorrow these ten British traits would live on.
It's been (purposely) a long time since I wrote a blog post with the word Brexit headlining in it. I had been hoping Brexit would fade away and die the death it deserves to have. But it hasn't. So what is it like now as a Brit in the EU, 19 months after the referendum… Continue reading Brexit Through the Eyes of a Brit in the EU – Nineteen Months On
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
Dear Britain, It's not you it's me. Actually that's a lie. It's a little bit you. Well, actually, it's a lot you. And a little bit me. Britain, I just don't love you anymore. The last few months have been a turbulent time in our relationship. It's hit rock bottom if I'm honest. You forced… Continue reading Dear Britain, It’s Not You It’s Me
This is a big week in this British expat's life. It's the week (barring a disaster) I become Dutch. A few days after I published my last blog post Almost Dutch? I received a letter, written on behalf of the mayor, inviting me to a naturalisation ceremony which will take place this Wednesday. When I saw… Continue reading The Week I Become a Nederlander
It struck me today that the whole Brexit thing is rather like the whole Sinterklaas thing here in the Netherlands - and there are lessons the Brexit camp could have learnt from the Dutch. Bear with me: it's June and we're talking Sinterklaas so I know you're wondering where the hell this is going..... Lesson 1. Outdated,… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!