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
Once upon a time you'd find me standing daily at the side of the road with my three sons waiting to cross over to the other side. Often I'd have a pram with me (my toddler sitting comfortably in it) and the four of us would wait patiently at a zebra crossing. To no avail.… Continue reading It’s Not So Black and White: Zebra Crossings in the Netherlands
Last month I published a blog post which threw up the question whether making local friends in the Netherlands is easy to do. The resounding response was no, not really. Luckily, there was also positivity from some thrown in for good measure. Mixed Feelings About Making Friends With the Locals Some of you indicated that making… Continue reading How to Make Dutch Friends (No It’s Not Easy)
Hard to make friends, difficult to learn the local language, fit into the local culture and integrate into the local community. Does this sound like your expat life in the Netherlands? That Was Then, And Now? Expat Survey Results Back in 2011, according to the Expat Explorer Survey carried out for HSBC Bank International, the Netherlands placed… Continue reading It is Impossible to Integrate, Fit into the Local Culture and Make Dutch Friends. Discuss.
It's eighteen years ago since I made the journey from England to the Netherlands to start a new life. That day is still fresh in my mind, as if it was yesterday......... The sun-faded oranges and reds of the shipping containers, emblazoned with white letters, lining the dock edge are the first things I see… Continue reading The Day I Came to the Netherlands
One of the things that I love about living in the Netherlands is the fact that it is such a short drive to other countries. The Netherlands is a hop, skip and a jump away from different cultures waiting to be discovered and new experiences waiting to be had. I had spent most of my… Continue reading What I Love About The Netherlands: Location, Location, Location
Cornwall in England has been a popular family holiday destination of ours over the years. For my Dutch family the Cornish coastline may as well have been Mars. Before Cornwall, cliffs and rock pools really were alien landscapes to them. Cliffs As we stood atop the cliffs at Land's End my husband marvelled at the… Continue reading Rock Pools and Cliffs? Not Around Here!