More Dutchness!


No. 62: not queuing

I’ve done something I never dreamed I would do, something I’ve grumbled and blogged about. I learnt my lesson on “never say never in this country, but as these innocuous sounding words slipped out of my lips, I...

No.58: King’s Day (Koningsdag)

For a nation which often insists on "normal" behaviour and the following of rules, King's Day is truly nothing of the sort. It's one day of the year where the Dutch break all their self-imposed rules and let lo...

No. 57: Insurance

When you first move to a foreign country there are literally a jillion things you need to arrange. It's no surprise that many of my first days in the lowlands were spent at the aptly named "Alien's Police" comp...

No. 48: Stroopwafels

You can’t visit/live in The Netherlands for long without stumbling across the famous stroopwafel. It sounds fairly medieval, but in reality it is a modern day tasty treat. Stroopwafels are made from two very th...

Dutch cooking


Dutch Pea Soup (Erwtensoep)

Snert, snert, snnneerrrtt. The more you say it, the less likely you are to want to eat it. But trust me, although this short little word may sound inedible, its namesake is certainly not! Snert (also know as Erwtensoep), is in fact, the Dutch word for traditi...