As part of my popular series of funny Dutch sayings and phrases, I'm sharing my 10 favourite Dutch sayings featuring clothing with you here today!
It's funny to realise that while I might be a first-generation immigrant here in the UK, growing up in the Netherlands I was in fact a second-generation immigrant. I don't think I've ever been discriminated. I've only experienced some of your 'normal' degree of prejudice at the most. But there are some moments that I still remember to this day that made me realise I had a different ethnical background than most of my Dutch classmates.
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!
It's already over 7 years ago I dragged three suitcases full of my belongings on a plane from Amsterdam to London. Although I still feel very Dutch and am often baffled by certain British habits, by now I might be more integrated than I realise. From the way I answer the phone to greeting friends, here are 5 things I've had to relearn being Dutch in the UK.
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?
Who doesn't miss those days when you could still play with flashy toys that had all sorts of buttons you could push and turn, producing animal sounds and wild flickering lights without people staring at you? I'm returning to those childhood days this weekend as by the time you read this I'll be happily twiddling some knobs, pressing colourful buttons and flicking switches in Barcelona. Exactly what, why and where, you find out in this article.
On 1 and 2 August I will be part of a group exhibition of photos taken on the new Samsung S9 mobile phones. Since not all my friends and online followers will be able to attend the show, I've been asked by them to share some of my photos online. Because your wish is my command, here are some of my photos!
Do you also often leave exhibitions feeling inspired to make art afterwards? I'm no painter nor would I be able to draw a decent still life if my own life depended on it, but whenever I visit a collage or photography show, I cannot wait to get home to start making work myself. The same happened to me last week when I visited the show 'The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art' at Tate Modern. This show was the inspiration for my new Instagram account, focussing solely on black and white photography.
How often are you asked where you're REALLY from? If I'd get a pound (or Euro) each time I was asked this, I would almost be able to afford a new iPhone with that money. Although by now I'm kind of used to that question, it really annoys and sometimes even hurts me. In this blog post I tell you why.
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.
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 [...]