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!
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!
What is your favourite science fiction film? Mine is Ridley Scott's 'Alien'. Just like me, this iconic film turned 40 this year. And to celebrate this special event, director Alexandre O. Philippe made the documentary 'Memory: The Origins of Alien', showing never-before-seen materials, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
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.
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!
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!
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?