Typically Dutch

The Dutch and Their Love Hate Relationship with Water

The Dutch relationship with water is well-documented and world famous - and of course a special one. From dykes, reclaimed land, polders and windmills, to boats, city canals and mud-walking, Dutch lives revolve around water in one way or another. I guess you could call it a love hate relationship - but instead of fighting… Continue reading The Dutch and Their Love Hate Relationship with Water

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Why You Should Visit the Dutch Island of Texel

Texel is a Dutch island located in the north of the country and is part of the Wadden Islands. It is known for its nature, thirty kilometers of beaches, sheep, beauty and, out of tourist season, peace and quiet. And it should definitely be on your Netherlands bucket list. "Tessel" First thing is first. You… Continue reading Why You Should Visit the Dutch Island of Texel

British, Home

Oost West Thuis Best: The Netherlands Became Home

I'd been living here about eight years when the realisation snuck on me, and quite frankly took me by surprise; suddenly the Netherlands felt like home. Heading back to England these days, seventeen years after leaving, feels like walking back into a house I once lived in. It has an air of familiarity, but it's… Continue reading Oost West Thuis Best: The Netherlands Became Home

Bilingual, Children, Expat, Languages, Multicultural, Parenting, School

Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

My children are bilingual and so teaching them to read in English from a very early age was a priority for me.┬áI now have three boys who can read well in both English and Dutch. However, it hasn't happened by itself. I worked hard. They worked hard. My number one tip is to use all… Continue reading Get Help Teaching Your Kids to Read, No Matter the Language

Bilingual, Dutch, Dutch language, Languages

This Dutch Language Struggle is Real

Anyone that comes to the Netherlands and says they don't need to learn Dutch because everyone here speaks such brilliant English has forgotten something: voice activated shopping lists. Put simply the Jumbo supermarket app doesn't operate in English so if you want your shopping delivered you'd better enrol in those Dutch lessons. But even then… Continue reading This Dutch Language Struggle is Real

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

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

The Netherlands┬áis 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