British, Politics

Dear Britain, It’s Not You It’s Me

Dear Britain, It's not you it's me. Actually that's a lie. It's a little bit you. Well, actually, it's a lot you. And a little bit me. Britain, I just don't love you anymore. The last few months have been a turbulent time in our relationship. It's hit rock bottom if I'm honest. You forced… Continue reading Dear Britain, It’s Not You It’s Me

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Britain, Politics, Sinterklaas

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 Outdated, Insulting… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

Dutch, Netherlands, Politics, The Hague

National Veteran’s Day in the Netherlands

This Saturday is the annual Veteran's Day in the Netherlands, when those who have fought for our freedom come together in The Hague to be properly acknowledged and thanked.The days starts in the presence of the Dutch King, Minister of Defence and Prime Minister in the Ridderzaal with medals presented shortly after in the Binnenhof.The… Continue reading National Veteran’s Day in the Netherlands

Culture, Expat, Multicultural, Politics

10 Hard Expat Lessons Learnt on the Way to A Happy Life Abroad

No matter how idyllic expat life looks, there are lessons to be learnt It is impossible to be an expat for thirteen and a half years and not learn something. I have watched expats around me, and learnt from them. I have learnt some things the hard way, but looking back I wouldn't have it any… Continue reading 10 Hard Expat Lessons Learnt on the Way to A Happy Life Abroad

Bilingual, Culture, Dutch, Multicultural, Netherlands, Politics

To Learn Dutch or Not to Learn Dutch – That is the Question.

Should you have to speak Dutch to live in the Netherlands?Photo Credit: DanagouwsA week ago, junior social affairs minister, Jetta Klijnsma, put a proposal on the table for temporary welfare cuts for those claimants living in the Netherlands who do not speak Dutch. It's not the first time this idea has been put on the… Continue reading To Learn Dutch or Not to Learn Dutch – That is the Question.

Children, Netherlands, Politics

Smoking and Children: The Dutch Attitude (Part II)

Photo Credit: Mi SioOver a year ago I wrote a post on this blog about the Dutch attitude to smoking around children and my personal experience with parents smoking on the school playground whilst waiting to pick their children up.In fact, things were so bad that the school pupils were being used to pick up… Continue reading Smoking and Children: The Dutch Attitude (Part II)