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

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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

challenges of motherhood, Culture, Netherlands, Work life balance

Dutch Women Do Get Depressed

All the studies and blog posts you read say otherwise, but I can assure you that Dutch women do get depressed.Go on, Google it, type in "Dutch Women Don't Get Depressed". I'll wait. You see, if you believe what Google comes back with you would think that Dutch women float around the Netherlands with huge… Continue reading Dutch Women Do Get Depressed

Bikes, Expat, Netherlands

8 Things Every Expat Needs to Know About Driving in the Netherlands

There are some tricks to help you get safely from A to B on the roadways of the Netherlands*. It may seem like the rules of the road are self explanatory and easy to follow but often they are not quite as they seem. Here are eight tips to help you drive whilst you are… Continue reading 8 Things Every Expat Needs to Know About Driving in the Netherlands