While British families are stocking up on flour, milk and eggs in preparation for national Pancake Day on Tuesday 13 February, parts of the Netherlands are starting their 5-day debauchery called Carnaval today. Although these two events may seem worlds apart, they are actually very closely related.
If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen the hashtag 5 ‘Facts about me’ passing by recently. I got very excited when Natasja of Dutch blog ‘Wat zij zegt’ invited me to share my #5factsaboutme on Instagram Story. Because not everybody who follows me here is on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to share my 5 facts with you in a blog. So get ready to learn some surprising facts about Dutch Girl!
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.
Waking up to a world covered in a layer of ice this morning suddenly reminded me of the Elfstedentocht, an ice skating tour of nearly 200 kilometres in the Netherlands. Although this must be the most anticipated sports event in the country, it has only taken place 15 times since its very first official edition in 1909.
To celebrate the new year and Dutch Girl in London’s 5th anniversary this autumn, I decided to give the website a complete makeover!
Happy New Year dear readers! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and that 2018 may be a wonderful year for you! Considering it’s only the first week of the New Year, I think it’s still acceptable to reflect on 2017.
I’m an avid list-making person, from my daily to-do lists to my weekly meal plan to lists with all the films I’ve watched over a year to exhibitions or concerts I’ve been to or the books I’ve read. So, of course it makes sense to finish off the year with my List of Favourite Films, Trips, Art and Books for 2017!
Looking for something fun to do in London during the Christmas school holidays, but want to avoid the big crowds? Then head over to the hidden gem that’s the Fan Museum in Greenwich for a dose of art, that both young and old will enjoy!
Halloween is upon us! Besides dressing up and devouring tons of sweets, there’s no better way to mark this demonic date than by watching a scary film. However, what would you watch if you are a bit of a scaredy pants, like me, but still want to join in the Halloween movie fun? Well, then you might enjoy one of the films on my alternative and arthouse Halloween film list!
The most comprehensive retrospective to date in the UK on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opened today at the Barbican Centre in London. The opening was heralded by two brand-new pieces by street artist Banksy in celebration of Basquiat. Banksy’s tribute couldn’t be any more fitting as Basquiat didn’t only start his career as a graffiti artist, but his colourful and ‘freestyle’ drawings have clearly influenced so many graffiti writers and street artists ever since.
Welcome to Shoreditch, east London! It isn’t till quite recently that Shoreditch has tranformed from a very poor area to the trendy hotspot that it is today. Here are my personal favourite tips for your diverse and exciting 24 Hours in Shoreditch!
Ever wanted to experience the early morning hustle and bustle of Smithfield Market, the last surviving market in central London? Or what about learning more about the history of Soho and how its vibrant music scene in the 1960s influenced David Bowie’s career? These are just two examples of the 40+ guided tours that will take place from early morning till late night on 25 May all across London. The goal of this day is to raise £20,000 in 20 hours for the MS Trust: 20in20.
Happy birthday to Dutch Girl in London! Not the website that is, but the actual person behind the website. To celebrate this extraordinary occasion, film director Ridley Scott has been so thoughtful to arrange a big birthday present for me!
It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe.
I am extremely fortunate and feel humbled to be writing this article from the 20-acre Florida estate of the late Robert Rauschenberg, a mercurial artist who bridged the worlds of painting, performance, sculpture, new and found media. For six decades he created wild and pioneering art up to his death in 2008. His Foundation has opened up his home and studio for artists from all over the world and from different backgrounds and I still can’t believe I am one of them.