British, Culture

10 Ways I am Still Very British Outside of Britain

If I surrendered my British passport tomorrow these ten British traits would live on.

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Culture, Gelderland, New Year, Typically Dutch, winter

New Dutch New Year Traditions: Carbidschieten

It's time for the traditional oliebollen, bonfires and fireworks in the Netherlands but this year we'll be experiencing something new because we now live in the east of the country. This year we'll experience live carbidschieten. Just goes to show that even after seventeen years in a country you can still encounter new things. Our… Continue reading New Dutch New Year Traditions: Carbidschieten

Bikes, Culture, Dutch, Food

Thou Shalt Shop Big Only on Saturday in the Netherlands

This is a cautionary tale for the faint of heart grocery shoppers in the Netherlands. There is an unwritten rule here that thou shalt do a big grocery shop on Saturdays. Should you break that rule it is at your peril. My husband went to do our weekly shop on a regular Monday evening; some… Continue reading Thou Shalt Shop Big Only on Saturday in the Netherlands

Culture, Dutch, Netherlands, Typically Dutch, winter

9 Ways to be Gezellig Dutch Style

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.┬áMake 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

Culture, Expat, Multicultural Kid Blogs

5 Ways You Can Make Expat Life Easier for Yourself

I'm longing for change. I've been in the Netherlands now for over 15 years. I've been living in the same house now since 2002. I've been struggling to live life in Dutch for more years than I care to think about and instead of getting easier it's actually getting harder; people expect you to speak… Continue reading 5 Ways You Can Make Expat Life Easier for Yourself