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The Expat Files #1: Hoe mijn emigratie mijn leven en beeld over Nederland heeft veranderd

On the first Sunday of the month I always write a Dutch-language blog post. // Vandaag de eerste aflevering van de nieuwe blogserie ‘The Expat Files’. Hierin deel ik niet alleen mijn eigen ervaringen als een Nederlandse expat, maar ook van andere Nederlanders in het buitenland én ook van immigranten in Nederland. In deze eerste aflevering vertel ik je over hoe mijn emigratie niet alleen mijn leven, maar ook mijn beeld op Nederland(ers) heeft veranderd!

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Dutch sayings featuring food

My 10 Favourite Dutch Sayings Featuring Food

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?

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Duncan Laurence winner Eurovision Song Contest 2019

And the Winner Is: The Netherlands!

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!

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My 10 Favourite Dutch Sayings Featuring Animals

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.

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Being Dutch in London

It’s already over 2.5 years ago that I moved to London. I thought that moving to another Western European country where they spoke a language I was fluent in, wouldn’t be too much of a challenge. Indeed it didn’t take me long to feel at home here and I can’t stop raving about what a […]

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Sinterklaas // Dutch Girl in London

Sinterklaas: About a Saint and a Castrated Rooster

I’ve been noticing some freaked out messages on social media these past weeks from friends visiting my mother country and who don’t understand why there are blacked up dolls hanging in the shop windows. They thought the Netherlands was such a sophisticated and tolerant country. What has happened to the country’s social and moral values […]

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