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

Bikes, Culture, Cycling, Dutch, Netherlands, Typically Dutch

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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16 Must Have Items to Survive a Dutch Spring

Ah yes, the daffodils are blooming and the snowdrops are bursting out of the ground. It must be spring. In Dutch lente. But what does springtime look like in the Netherlands? What do you need to survive a Dutch spring? Here's the low down. 1. Umbrella That umbrella you needed in autumn and winter? Don't… Continue reading 16 Must Have Items to Survive a Dutch Spring

Culture, Cycling, Dutch, Food, Ice skating, Sport, The Netherlands, winter

17 Must Have Items to Survive a Dutch Winter

Today marks the official start of winter. It's time to store autumn in your memory banks and get ready for the onslaught of colder, greyer, darker days. Some winters in the Netherlands are more, well, wintry than others. Last year was a rubbish winter. Surviving last winter was something everyone could do with their eyes… Continue reading 17 Must Have Items to Survive a Dutch Winter

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Sharing Our Roots – an interview with Suzanne

In the fourth post of this Sharing Our Roots series, Dutch mother Suzanne shares her viewpoint on raising culturally aware children whilst living in Britain.Making friends the English way - school uniform and all!(c) SuzanneSuzanne was born in the Netherlands but now lives in London in England with her husband and two daughters who are… Continue reading Sharing Our Roots – an interview with Suzanne

Bikes, Children, Cycling, Dutch, The Netherlands

Bikes, Kids and the Dutch

There is no getting away from cycling if you live in the Netherlands and kids and bikes go together here like pindakaas and brood. But what's the best way to get about on two wheels with kids? Cycling with Children in a Bakfiets Research states that it's safer to ferry your children around in a… Continue reading Bikes, Kids and the Dutch