Bikes, Cycling, Dutch language, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

5 Dutch Habits You Need to Adopt to Adapt

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

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Bikes, Culture, Cycling, Typically Dutch

I May Never Be a Fully Fledged Dutch Cyclist

The evening was glorious. Sunshine and blue sky. So we decided to try out the newly acquired toddler seat for the back of my bike and do a spot of pedalling. If you live in the Netherlands, you cycle. Punt. We were cycling for a total of an hour and on our arrival back home,… Continue reading I May Never Be a Fully Fledged Dutch Cyclist

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The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the easiest countries in the world to cycle around. Other countries look at the Netherlands with a huge amount of cycle envy. Unlike the British who have made a half-hearted attempt in some places to build cycle paths, the Dutch have given cyclists some proper thought and ensured that getting out… Continue reading The Dutch Do It, You Should Too – Cycling in the Netherlands

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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

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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

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8 Things Expats Need 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 straightforward but often they are not. Here are eight tips to help you drive whilst you are driving around this little Dutch nation.… Continue reading 8 Things Expats Need to Know About Driving in the Netherlands

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8 Essential Items Every Expat Needs in Their Dutch Home

In order to integrate in the Netherlands there are (at least) eight essentials you need to have tucked away somewhere in your home. Without them your integration will never be complete and you may even fail the inburgeringscursus*.1. Potato MasherWithout this vital piece of kitchen equipment you can never hope to truly master Dutch cuisine. Using a… Continue reading 8 Essential Items Every Expat Needs in Their Dutch Home