Netherlands, Typically Dutch

FarmCamps – A Dutch Glamping Experience

We spent the Easter weekend at a FarmCamps in Noord Brabant. It's our second Farm Camps experience and it didn't disappoint. I, once again, had three upset boys for two evenings after we packed up and left our holiday tent. They're on a promise of a return visit. I'm not a camping type of girl,… Continue reading FarmCamps – A Dutch Glamping Experience

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Netherlands, Politics

How to Cast Your Vote for Today’s Dutch Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen and Referendum

It's local election day in the Netherlands today. You can also vote in a referendum on the new intelligence service law which the government want to introduce. Here's the Turning Dutch guide to voting today: You need to take your stempas and ID (passport, ID card or rijbewijs) to your local stembureau. This is indicated… Continue reading How to Cast Your Vote for Today’s Dutch Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen and Referendum

Dutch, Elfstedentocht, Netherlands, winter

When The Netherlands Freezes Over

Biting cold weather approaching the Netherlands means only one thing: the Dutch start whispering about an Elfstedentocht. With the announcement last week of freezing temperatures reaching the Netherlands from Siberia the chatter started. If you stopped what you were doing and listened you could hear millions of ice skating blades being sharpened in anticipation. Would… Continue reading When The Netherlands Freezes Over

Netherlands, Typically Dutch

6 Reasons to Visit The Netherlands with Children

The Netherlands is a hop skip and a jump away from many European countries (or a short train, boat or plane trip in any case) and it’s a surprisingly versatile kid friendly destination for both short or long breaks. Here are six reasons to visit the Netherlands with children, that go far beyond Amsterdam. 1.… Continue reading 6 Reasons to Visit The Netherlands with Children

Home, Netherlands

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

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