Children, Culture, Expat

Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

It's become a tradition to take each of my sons alone to England to watch a football match at the Premier League club I started supporting when I was a child. It's a club I still follow today, despite moving to the Netherlands. You can read all about the why and what it means to… Continue reading Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

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Culture, Expat, Languages

Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

In response to an article I wrote for The Telegraph back in 2010 one helpful reader suggested that living in the Netherlands was easy because it is just like Britain. You can speak English and the culture is the same. He's an idiot. The Netherlands is different and if you want to lead a happy life… Continue reading Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

Bikes, Culture, Cycling, Dutch, Netherlands, Typically Dutch

The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the easiest countries in the world to cycle around. Other countries look at the Netherlands with a huge amount of cycle envy. Unlike the British who have made a half-hearted attempt in some places to build cycle paths, the Dutch have given cyclists some proper thought and ensured that getting out… Continue reading The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands

Culture, Dutch, Typically Dutch

What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?

I have heard the Dutch national anthem played a fair few times during the past week or so because of national remembrance day on the 4th of May, Liberation Day on the 5th and the week before the celebration of King Willem Alexander's birthday.  Ever wondered about the origins of the Dutch national ditty? Well,… Continue reading What is the Dutch National Anthem All About?

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