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

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Bikes, Culture, Dutch, Food

Thou Shalt Shop Big Only on Saturday in the Netherlands

This is a cautionary tale for the faint of heart grocery shoppers in the Netherlands. There is an unwritten rule here that thou shalt do a big grocery shop on Saturdays. Should you break that rule it is at your peril. My husband went to do our weekly shop on a regular Monday evening; some… Continue reading Thou Shalt Shop Big Only on Saturday in the Netherlands

Ice skating, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

10 Things You Don’t Know about The Netherlands and the Dutch Until You Move Here

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

Culture, Dutch, Netherlands, Typically Dutch, winter

9 Ways to be Gezellig Dutch Style

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

Parenting, Typically Dutch

Raising Children With a Broad World View

Moving countries changes your world perspective. And it changes the way you parent. It has an impact on your children. And I believe it's a positive one. My three boys are Dutch through and through. Their dual nationality is predominantly on paper. They were born in the Netherlands, speak Dutch fluently, go to a Dutch… Continue reading Raising Children With a Broad World View

King's Day, Netherlands

Everything You Need to Know About King’s Day in the Netherlands (And Some Stuff You Probably Don’t Need to Know)

This week sees the Dutch putting on their party clothes and heading out en masse on to the streets.  If this is your first King's Day, then you are in for a treat. For the more seasoned expats I'm guessing nothing surprises you on King's Day anymore. The Why King's Day is a national celebration… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About King’s Day in the Netherlands (And Some Stuff You Probably Don’t Need to Know)

Bikes, Netherlands

9 Not So Serious Tips to Help You Use Public Transport in the Netherlands

The public transport system in the Netherlands is in general good. There are buses, trams, metros and trains to help you make your way across the length and breadth of this small nation. But what do I know, I grew up with British Rail so anything seems good in comparison. 1. Get Yourself an OV… Continue reading 9 Not So Serious Tips to Help You Use Public Transport in the Netherlands