Expat

10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

When I left the UK in 2000 to board a boat that would take me to a new life in the Netherlands, I never really stopped to consider how my life was about to change. Naive maybe, but one thing I learned quickly was how to roll with the expat punches. I knew there was… Continue reading 10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

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Expat Challenges on Turning Dutch
Expat, Health

Expat living: Four Expat Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Whether you have secured the job of your dreams in a location you have always wanted to live, or are moving abroad for more practical reasons, working as an expat is an exciting prospect. There is so much to do in the run up to the move and when you first arrive, it can be… Continue reading Expat living: Four Expat Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Expat, My Articles

Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives

At this time of year many of you have travel plans to spend Christmas with ┬áloved ones that you left behind when you moved abroad. Leaving family and friends behind is certainly one of the biggest downsides of moving overseas. But there are many positives to living overseas. There are at least five convincing ones… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives

Food, Typically Dutch

8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine

Dutch food is not like anything you have eaten before. Of that I am sure. Here's the low down of what to expect when encountering typical Dutch food. 1. Lower Expectations If you don't expect much, you won't be disappointed. Typical Dutch food is not haute cuisine. It is not fine dining. In fact, some… Continue reading 8 Important Things About Dutch Cuisine

book review, Books, Britain

Bill Bryson: The Road to Little Dribbling Book Review

In his latest book, Mr Bryson works his way around Britain to see just how these isles have fared since his adventure twenty years ago when he penned Notes from a Small Island. The upshot of it is that my birth country is still blessed with countless beauty spots, which you'd be hard pressed to… Continue reading Bill Bryson: The Road to Little Dribbling Book Review

6 December aka 'Put Your Christmas Tree Up' Day
Christmas, Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, Sinterklaas

6 December aka ‘Put Your Christmas Tree Up’ Day

In the Netherlands there's a mind shift on the 6th December. Pakjesavond has been celebrated and Sinterklaas is on his way back to Spain. Everything related to the 5th of December is quickly packed away. Then it's time to turn the attention to Christmas. Inboxes are flooded with 'kerst reclames' and everyone runs to the… Continue reading 6 December aka ‘Put Your Christmas Tree Up’ Day

Culture, Discrimination, Society

Same Sex Marriage Through the Eyes of a Seven Year Old

Children show the way when it comes to acceptance of differences. If we all saw important issues, such as discrimination and same sex marriage, through the eyes of a seven year old, the world may well be in a better state than it is. My seven year old explained to me that he was making… Continue reading Same Sex Marriage Through the Eyes of a Seven Year Old