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
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
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. Make 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
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
We have been living in the Achterhoek for nearly two months now and as of today there is a sense of normalcy returning to our lives. How are we finding life on the other side of the Netherlands, in the Achterhoek? Here's a bit of a long overdue update. My husband starts his new job… Continue reading How is Life in the Achterhoek?
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
So, we've moved. Tomorrow our 'old' house passes to new owners and our property ties with the west are officially broken. We are now firmly established in the east of the Netherlands. The stress over the last few months has been enormous. We have said so many goodbyes and there were tears. We got the… Continue reading Settling In to Our New Home