When an item breaks do you run out and buy a replacement or try to repair it? This question is the theme of the latest SIRE campaign. SIRE SIRE (Stichting Ideële Reclame) is an independent Dutch organisation that raises issues designed to get society thinking about behaviours and actions. It's an organisation that has been… Continue reading Replace or Repair, That is the Question.
In the UK today it's Cycle to Work Day. It's the UK's biggest cycling commuting event. The idea is to get people out of their cars and onto the saddle of a bike. You never know, it may just turn into a habit for some. It caught my eye because sometimes you don't know how… Continue reading Today is ‘Cycle to Work’ Day
Holiday plans outside of the Netherlands this summer? How will you cope without Dutch cheese during your vacation? Luckily, you don't have to because there's vakantiekaas available just for you! Dutch are Cheese Mad One of the stereotypical icons for the Netherlands is undoubtedly, alongside clogs and windmills, cheese. And where there's smoke there's probably fire.… Continue reading Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas
I realised whilst writing my expat reverse bucket list that there are still some things I want to do whilst I am here in the Netherlands as an expat (not that we are planning on leaving anytime soon but I have a list). Here's my expat bucket list - with updates from five years later! 1.… Continue reading My Expat Bucket List: 10 Dutch Things I Want to Do
Ever heard the term papadag? About half of new Dutch dads take a regular papadag. And when it comes to work life balance many Dutch people know what they are doing, About half of new Dutch fathers regularly take a (half) day every week or two off work to care for their children. In Dutch… Continue reading Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance
My eight year old recently asked how long kruidnoten have been around for. It prompted a discussion with my buren about spices and ingredients and how long they have been available. It got me wondering: what else don't we all know top of our heads about the Dutch Sinterklaas celebration? 1. Pepernoten and Kruidnoten are… Continue reading 7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration
Living in the Netherlands means you'll eventually take on Dutch habits. Here are five simple ways to adjust to Dutch life. Talk Like the Dutch The Dutch may have an excellent command of English, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't attempt to speak Dutch. No one is saying it's easy, but making an effort does count.… Continue reading 5 Dutch Habits You Need to Adopt to Adapt