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!

What’s in a Name? Dutch Government Bans ‘Holland’ in Favour of ‘The Netherlands’

What’s in a Name? Dutch Government Bans ‘Holland’ in Favour of ‘The Netherlands’

Tell me, do you use the name 'Holland' or 'The Netherlands' when you speak of my mother country? Despite its common usage, the Dutch government recently announced they want to ban 'Holland' and rebrand the country's name internationally. Why are they so eager to initiate such a huge and expensive undertaking? Find out in this blog post!

“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.

The Dutch Girl Tales #17: Mijn Top 5 Nederlandstalige guilty pleasures

The Dutch Girl Tales #17: Mijn Top 5 Nederlandstalige guilty pleasures

Once a month I write a blog post in Dutch. Today I'm revealing my Top 5 Dutch music guilty pleasures. // Geïnspireerd door het zomerse weer, heb ik mijn favoriete Nederlandstalige liedjes voor je op een rijtje gezet. Ik ben erg benieuwd of jij je ook kunt vinden in mijn top 5 Nederlandstalige guilty pleasures!

Film Review: ‘Heavy Trip’ – A Finnish Black Metal Comedy

Film Review: ‘Heavy Trip’ – A Finnish Black Metal Comedy

The unconventional feel-good movie 'Heavy Trip', a 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 this ambitious metal quartet will rock your socks off!