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How to Survive Renovating Your Home in the Netherlands

Pirates and merchants. That's the phrase one expat uses to describe Dutch builders or any related service provider. You know the type of issue - ridiculously high quotes, shoddy work or unreliable service. Or all three. Since last July I have to say I have come to understand this point of view.   Do Your… Continue reading How to Survive Renovating Your Home in the Netherlands

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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

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

Football, Gelderland, Netherlands, Randstad

9 Ways Life Has Changed Since Moving from the West to the East of the Netherlands

The Netherlands may be a small country but it's one full of differences. It's also one that borders other countries and since our move last month from the West of the Netherlands to the East I have discovered personally that hopping to the other side of the country brings with it changes - some big,… Continue reading 9 Ways Life Has Changed Since Moving from the West to the East of the Netherlands

British, Culture, Dutch, Dutch language, Gelderland, The Netherlands

One Year of Dutchification

This time one year ago I became a Nederlander. Exactly one year ago. So, you are wondering, just how much Dutchification has taken place during the last year? Do I, you ask, now feel more Dutch than I did a year ago? And what, you wonder, have I done to celebrate this momentous occasion? Well… Continue reading One Year of Dutchification