If you’re looking for an unconventional feel-good movie to watch this summer, then I’d definitely recommend ‘Heavy Trip’. This Finnish comedy about an upcoming amateur black metal band has been hailed as the Scandi version of the cult film ‘This is Spinal Tap’. Even if you’re not the biggest metalhead, the bizarre adventures of the ambitious metal quartet will rock your socks off!

Following last year’s popular blog post ‘My 10 Favourite Dutch Sayings Featuring Animals’, here’s another look at some curious Dutch sayings. This time I chose My 10 Favourite Dutch Sayings Featuring Food! I also looked up the origins of each them in an attempt to make some sense of them. Tell me, what do you make of them?

We all know of course that the British Museum is THE place to go if you’re interested in seeing ancient Egyptian artefacts in London. But did you know that the world’s fourth largest ancient Egyptian collection is housed in a small building on the University College London campus? I only heard of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last week and was rather blown away by all the treasures it holds!

London is a great city trip destination, but sometimes the busy metropolis can also get a bit overwhelming. You could retreat in one of the numerous beautiful parks dotted around the city for a moment, but why not combine a free and unique public art trail with explorations of a far less touristy side of London? The Line art trail runs between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and O2 Arena and is suitable for families, art lovers, ramblers and even thrillseekers!

“So what is it that you do exactly?” Although I feel I share a fair bit of my personal life online, people I meet often can’t work out what I do for a living. Some think I am a full-time London tour guide. Others think I couldn’t possibly be working as I’m always travelling. (I wish!) So to clarify this once and for all, let me tell you what goes on a typical day in the life of Dutch Girl in London.

Hello hello, can you read me? This message was sent to you from the unique landmark Lizard Point in Cornwall, mainland Britain’s most southerly location. Imagine visiting the lighthouse where Tolkien took inspiration for his haunting image of ‘The Eye of Sauron.’ Or how about the tiny wooden hut that was the birthplace for much of our modern communication? You can read all about this in today’s special Cornish blog post!

Unbelievable news! Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence is the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2019! To celebrate this memorable event I explored the archives (thanks YouTube) and dug up all previous Dutch Eurovision winners. Great to see old footage dating back to 1957 already and see how much the Eurovision Song Contest has evolved over the years!

Hip hip hooray, it’s my 40th birthday today! And it’s the perfect festive ending to a great week spent in Cologne and Berlin. It’s been a week of history, art and the latest electronic music gadgets. From a visit to Cold War bunkers to the final resting place of the Three Wise Men, it all happened on this trip! Read all about it here.