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

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How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad
Culture, Expat

How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad

When you move overseas you adapt. Well, you do if you want happiness to be a part of your expat life. Sometimes, it strikes you just how far you have adapted to a new country when you least expect it. Like when you order a Chinese takeaway. Chinese Takeaway English Style At the end of… Continue reading How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad

Culture

The Dutch v British Attitude to Personal Space

The Dutch and the British are different species when it comes to many things but the different approaches to personal space is particularly worth a mention. Let's Start with Elevator Etiquette Have you ever been stuck with a Brit in a lift? Chances are it was a peaceful affair but quite possibly with an air… Continue reading The Dutch v British Attitude to Personal Space

Culture, Netherlands

Recognising Burn-Out Symptoms and Getting on the Path to Recovery

In 2017, sixteen percent of employees in The Netherlands were experiencing burn-out symptoms. Under particular stress are those working in education, healthcare and hospitality industry. Do you know the warning signs of burn-out? Do you know how to recover from a burn-out? The Good News and the Bad News The good news is that the… Continue reading Recognising Burn-Out Symptoms and Getting on the Path to Recovery

Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance
Culture, Dutch, Work life balance

Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance

Ever heard the term papadag? About half of new Dutch dads take a regular papadag. And when it comes to work life balance many Dutch people know what they are doing, About half of new Dutch fathers regularly take a (half) day every week or two off work to care for their children. In Dutch… Continue reading Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance

Culture, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration

My eight year old recently asked how long kruidnoten have been around for. It prompted a discussion with my buren about spices and ingredients and how long they have been available. It got me wondering: what else don't we all know top of our heads about the Dutch Sinterklaas celebration? 1. Pepernoten and Kruidnoten are… Continue reading 7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration

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?