Growing up in the Netherlands as a Second-Generation Immigrant

Growing up in the Netherlands as a Second-Generation Immigrant

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.

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

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!

“Always Have Sex for Love, Always Write for Love” – Finding Your Unique Voice

“Always Have Sex for Love, Always Write for Love” – Finding Your Unique Voice

Do you sometimes push yourself to step outside of your comfort zone? I did so this last weekend when I attended my first networking event. I absolutely dreaded it beforehand, but in the end it turned out to be a life-changer. How? Find out in this personal blog post!

From Kissing to Birthdays: 5 Things I’ve Had to Relearn Being Dutch in the UK

From Kissing to Birthdays: 5 Things I’ve Had to Relearn Being Dutch in the UK

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.

A Typical Work Day in the Life of Dutch Girl in London

A Typical Work Day in the Life of Dutch Girl in London

"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.

Reflections #9: Hitting the Big 4-0 and Farewell to ‘Game of Thrones’

Reflections #9: Hitting the Big 4-0 and Farewell to ‘Game of Thrones’

On the final Sunday of the month I always reflect on the last four weeks. May is always an especially festive because it's both mine and hubby's birthday month. In between bad colds I got to celebrate my big 40th birthday with my family and closest friends. But of course far more happened in May. Read all about it in today's 'Reflections'!

And the Winner Is: The Netherlands!

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!