Expat

Part Me, Part Expat, Part Local: Authenticity and Expat Life

Many years ago I read an article in the Dutch daily newspaper, theĀ 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

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Britain, British

Brexit Through the Eyes of a Brit in the EU – Nineteen Months On

It's been (purposely) a long time since I wrote a blog post with the word Brexit headlining in it. I had been hoping Brexit would fade away and die the death it deserves to have. But it hasn't. So what is it like now as a Brit in the EU, 19 months after the referendum… Continue reading Brexit Through the Eyes of a Brit in the EU – Nineteen Months On

Home, Netherlands

How to Survive Renovating Your Home in the Netherlands

Pirates and merchants. That's the phrase one expat uses to describe Dutch builders or any related service provider. You know the type of issue - ridiculously high quotes, shoddy work or unreliable service. Or all three. Since last July I have to say I have come to understand this point of view.   Do Your… Continue reading How to Survive Renovating Your Home in the Netherlands

New Year

Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

The festivities have died down, the firework rubbish has been cleared away (in some places at least), peace has been restored and we're all ready to tackle whatever 2018 throws at us. But before you get too comfortable with 2018 there is something you should be aware of in the Netherlands. You may have already… Continue reading Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

Culture, Gelderland, New Year, Typically Dutch, winter

New Dutch New Year Traditions: Carbidschieten

It's time for the traditional oliebollen, bonfires and fireworks in the Netherlands but this year we'll be experiencing something new because we now live in the east of the country. This year we'll experience live carbidschieten. Just goes to show that even after seventeen years in a country you can still encounter new things. Our… Continue reading New Dutch New Year Traditions: Carbidschieten