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
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
2017 was always going to be a year of change for us; that much we have known for a few years. We are now on the precipice of a move that some days I can't quite get my head around. How did we get to the point of simply moving from the west of the… Continue reading We’re Moving East
We spent a week at Farm Camps Den Brandenhorst in Gelderland during the meivakantie and to say that my boys were upset to be back home is an understatement. They flopped themselves down on the sofa in our front room and the eldest announced, "Wij willen hier niet zijn. Wij willen terug naar Farm Camps gaan."… Continue reading Why We Loved Our Farm Camps Break