I moved to the Netherlands in 2000 and over the years I have learnt Dutch the best I can. In 2017 I moved to the Achterhoek and suddenly faced the issue that this part of the Netherlands doesn't speak the same Dutch language as the West of the country. You know when people speaking Dutch… Continue reading There’s More Than One Way to Speak Dutch: Welcome in the Achterhoek
The Netherlands is a liberal country. Dutch society prides itself on being open and tolerant. But is it? A recent suit company advertising campaign may just have blown that particular theory to pieces. If you live in the Netherlands, you are probably more than aware of the discussion caused by Suitsupply's recent marketing campaign that… Continue reading Homophobia in Liberal and Tolerant Dutch Society And What We Can Learn From Our Children
The typical Dutch stereotype consists of cheese eating, clog wearing tall people talking a dialect of German with a backdrop of windmills sailing round on the flatlands. However, there is much more to this small country and the people who live in it than the rest of the world thinks. Here are ten things you… Continue reading 10 Things You Don’t Know about The Netherlands and the Dutch Until You Move Here
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
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 Outdated,… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!
I shared my Dutch bucket list with you in the summer of 2014 and I am pleased to report that one of those wishes recently came true. I went to see Soldaat van Oranje.It was even more special than I had imagined. It was a truly spectacular show - even my husband who is not… Continue reading Why You Should See ‘Soldaat van Oranje’
If you want to come home from a shopping expedition in the Netherlands with your sanity in tact retaining any semblance of a good mood, there are a few guidelines you'd be wise to follow. Whether it is a trip to the local supermarket, or some retail therapy in your local high street or winkelcentrum,… Continue reading 8 Things Expats Should Know About Going Shopping in the Netherlands