The Netherlands may be a small country but it's one full of differences. It's also one that borders other countries and since our move last month from the West of the Netherlands to the East I have discovered personally that hopping to the other side of the country brings with it changes - some big,… Continue reading 9 Ways Life Has Changed Since Moving from the West to the East of the Netherlands
It's kinderboekenweek (children's book week) time in the Netherlands. This is an annual celebration of kids' literature and in 2017 runs from the 4th to the 15th of October. This year's theme is gruwelijk eng. Schools usually highlight kinderboekenweek and libraries host special activities too - so jump on board and stimulate your children to up their Dutch reading… Continue reading Kinderboekenweek
We have been living in the Achterhoek for nearly two months now and as of today there is a sense of normalcy returning to our lives. How are we finding life on the other side of the Netherlands, in the Achterhoek? Here's a bit of a long overdue update. My husband starts his new job… Continue reading How is Life in the Achterhoek?
This time one year ago I became a Nederlander. Exactly one year ago. So, you are wondering, just how much Dutchification has taken place during the last year? Do I, you ask, now feel more Dutch than I did a year ago? And what, you wonder, have I done to celebrate this momentous occasion? Well… Continue reading One Year of Dutchification
So, we've moved. Tomorrow our 'old' house passes to new owners and our property ties with the west are officially broken. We are now firmly established in the east of the Netherlands. The stress over the last few months has been enormous. We have said so many goodbyes and there were tears. We got the… Continue reading Settling In to Our New Home
As I write I am surrounded by boxes. Boxes waiting to be transported to their next destination by a removal company tomorrow. There are spaces on the walls where photos and pictures hung; faded squares of colour take their place on the walls. My emotions swing from relief to sadness on an hourly basis. This… Continue reading Looking Forward
2017 was always going to be a year of change for us; that much we have known for a few years. We are now on the precipice of a move that some days I can't quite get my head around. How did we get to the point of simply moving from the west of the… Continue reading We’re Moving East