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, This month I am taking part in a challenge to write a daily post for The Good Men Project. To read today's offering head… Continue reading Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance
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
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?
For years the dispute about Zwarte Piet has been getting more vehement. The voices against 'Black Petes' are getting louder and supporters find ways to make themselves heard over the noise. No one is using their polite voice anymore. It's all got rather nasty if truth be told. But any idea who doesn't give a… Continue reading Guess Who Doesn’t Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate
The evening was glorious. Sunshine and blue sky. So we decided to try out the newly acquired toddler seat for the back of my bike and do a spot of pedalling. If you live in the Netherlands, you cycle. Punt. We were cycling for a total of an hour and on our arrival back home,… Continue reading I May Never Be a Fully Fledged Dutch Cyclist
Once upon a time you'd find me standing daily at the side of the road with my three sons waiting to cross over to the other side. Often I'd have a pram with me (my toddler sitting comfortably in it) and the four of us would wait patiently at a zebra crossing. To no avail.… Continue reading It’s Not So Black and White: Zebra Crossings in the Netherlands
Last month I published a blog post which threw up the question whether making local friends in the Netherlands is easy to do. The resounding response was no, not really. Luckily, there was also positivity from some thrown in for good measure. Mixed Feelings About Making Friends With the Locals Some of you indicated that making… Continue reading How to Make Dutch Friends (No It’s Not Easy)