Food, Holidays/ Celebrations, Pancakes, Typically Dutch

8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine

Dutch food is not like anything you have eaten before. Of that I am sure. Here's the low down of what to expect when encountering typical Dutch food. 1. Lower Expectations If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed. Typical Dutch food is not haute cuisine. It is not fine dining. In fact, some… Continue reading 8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine

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New Year

Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

The festivities have died down, the firework rubbish has been cleared away (in some places at least), peace has been restored and we're all ready to tackle whatever 2018 throws at us. But before you get too comfortable with 2018 there is something you should be aware of in the Netherlands. You may have already… Continue reading Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

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

Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, Sinterklaas, winter

5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

December in the Netherlands means ferrying the children to school in near-darkness and evenings that draw in early. The temperatures take a nosedive and there’s every chance that snow will form a blanket over this little land. But a Dutch December certainly doesn’t spell doom and gloom. Winter in the Netherlands can be a lot… Continue reading 5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

Britain, Politics, Sinterklaas, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

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 Outdated,… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

Christmas, My Articles

‘Tis the Season of Giving: 40 Ways to Create Winter Memories

'Tis the season of giving. It's a great time to think about what we can give. What have we already given? What have we got left to give? December shouldn't just be about the presents.And that is exactly the sentiment that BonBon Break is embracing this month, hand in hand with Water Aid America (the UK arm… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season of Giving: 40 Ways to Create Winter Memories