While British families are stocking up on flour, milk and eggs in preparation for national Pancake Day on Tuesday 13 February, parts of the Netherlands are starting their 5-day debauchery called Carnaval today. Although these two events may seem worlds apart, they are actually very closely related.
Have you ever wondered what some curious sayings and expressions in your language actually mean? I often treat hubby to some bizarre Dutch sayings, which sound even more curious when translated into English. Because I’m always interested in culture and etymology, I collected 10 of my favourite Dutch sayings, expressions, phrases or words that feature animals, and tried to look up their origins.
Waking up to a world covered in a layer of ice this morning suddenly reminded me of the Elfstedentocht, an ice skating tour of nearly 200 kilometres in the Netherlands. Although this must be the most anticipated sports event in the country, it has only taken place 15 times since its very first official edition in 1909.
Hans Teeuwen, one of the Dutch comedy superstars, returns to the UK this autumn! Find out here what his favourite place not to visit in London is and his plans for his new pet elephant.
The first art & culture quarterly overview for 2016. Here are my personal picks for art exhibitions and book recommendations.
I’m briefly back in the Netherlands to attend the premiere of Fresas, the latest dance production by Dutch National Ballet scored by my hubby, also known as Robin Rimbaud (artist name Scanner). In this interview Robin speaks about the importance of art and the process of writing dance scores.
It’s time for my quarterly Arts & Culture review again! In this post I’m sharing with you some of the best exhibitions in London from the last months and my personal book tips.
With a slight delay I bring to you my Arts & Culture overview for the months July-September. I started writing these quarterly overviews after being voted as one of the UK top Arts & Culture blogs in 2015. In this part you find Art and Books reviews and recommendations.
Zombies, vampires, the undead: these are all creatures that make up for successful franchise films, and all were originally born from gothic literature. The first ever Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto (1764), was written by British author Horace Walpole who found the inspiration for the novel in his gothic castle in west London. After an elaborate restoration, it is now possible to visit this extraordinary and eccentric historical house.
As the days are getting colder and shorter, I’m already anxiously awaiting those long summer days again. It reminds me of my trip to Umeå in the north of Sweden earlier this year where night time only lasted from 3am till 6am!