Author Archives: Stuff Dutch People Like

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” completing endless … Continue reading

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No. 56: Turning 50 in style (aka seeing Sarah)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dutch birthdays are weird. Sure, they’ve got those odd (albeit handy) calendars in their bathrooms to remind them of the big days, but why remember if you ain’t even the one … Continue reading

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No. 55: Being happy

As 2014 kicks off, the Dutch are in a privileged position. While scores of mortals have spent the last few weeks pondering, compiling and fine-tuning their list of (rather similar) New Year’s resolutions, the Dutch have been able to nurse … Continue reading

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No. 54: ‘Top 2000′ songs

You know what makes me happy? Really really happy? Discovering weird and wacky Dutch traditions that I never knew existed! It’s like finding an uneaten bar of chocolate at the back of your cupboard just waiting to be devoured or … Continue reading

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Our Sinterklaas poem for the Dutch

The Dutch, you see, are a complicated bunch Their jokes and traditions as strange as their lunch They’re tall, often blond, and usually quite blunt Their treacherous stairs are an acrobatic stunt Lucky for us, not all wear red pants … Continue reading

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No. 53: Sarcastic poems

The Dutch are currently in the throes of their most beloved holiday. We are T-5 away from the big event, and over the next few days many a Dutchie will be putting pen to paper (or keyboard to screen) in … Continue reading

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No. 36: Sinterklaas

You’ve seen the imagery all over town: that old dude with white hair and the big pointed red hat. You know those pesky black-faced fellas he hangs out with. The ones who’ve whipped pepernoten at your head. You’ve joined in … Continue reading

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Official book launch: this Saturday 16 November in Amsterdam

Yes folks you read that correctly – this Saturday we are officially launching the Stuff Dutch People Like BOOK! If you are in Amsterdam don’t miss the chance to get a first-edition signed copy (and meet moi in person). We worked … Continue reading

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No. 52: Cocktail sausages

When I first moved to the Lowlands I remember pondering why the selection at my local grocery store was seemingly so poor. I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly was missing, but the cramped aisles certainly seemed to be … Continue reading

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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 thin layers of baked batter with … Continue reading

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