Many moons ago I wrote on the topic of home births in the Netherlands. It was something I had hoped I could write about from personal experience one day but it never quite happened. Three babies, three hospital births. However, as a result of writing on the topic I learnt a few things, or eight,… Continue reading 8 Things I Learnt About Home Birth from Internet Trolls
Biting cold weather approaching the Netherlands means only one thing: the Dutch start whispering about an Elfstedentocht. With the announcement last week of freezing temperatures reaching the Netherlands from Siberia the chatter started. If you stopped what you were doing and listened you could hear millions of ice skating blades being sharpened in anticipation. Would… Continue reading When The Netherlands Freezes Over
No, this is not a "everything you need to know" post about dog poo. It's a 'dog poo is annoying' post - and heel veel Dutch people agree. Where we used to live in Zoetermeer there was a children's playground two minutes from home, a place that my son naturally loved to visit. However, whilst… Continue reading Hondenpoep – Annoying Toch?
Having had yet enought below par lunch at a local restaurant last weekend I thought I'd share some tips to get the most out of your dining out experience in the Netherlands. I ordered a burger. It was cold in the middle. It was taken away with a 'jeetje' uttered in surprise. It came back and… Continue reading 8 Tips for Dining Out in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a hop skip and a jump away from many European countries (or a short train, boat or plane trip in any case) and it’s a surprisingly versatile kid friendly destination for both short or long breaks. Here are six reasons to visit the Netherlands with children, that go far beyond Amsterdam. 1.… Continue reading 6 Reasons to Visit The Netherlands with Children
Many years ago I read an article in the Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC, about how people wear 'masks' according to the situation they find themselves in and who they are with. In essence, people are only really one hundred percent themselves when they are alone. With a partner most, if not all, of the facades… Continue reading Part Me, Part Expat, Part Local: Authenticity and Expat Life
If I surrendered my British passport tomorrow these ten British traits would live on.