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Papadag (aka “Daddy day”)

A few years ago, a friend of mine from Canada came to visit so I took some time off to show her around Amsterdam. After a couple of hours wandering around the city, she suddenly stopped and blurted out “What’s ...
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16 Dutch Vintage Posters

Dutch artists have created some amazing commercial artwork over the years. Let's take a time machine and go back many decades with the help of these wonderful Dutch vintage posters from years past. 1. That'...
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No. 67: The Sun.

Sun. Glorious sun. Ever notice how the Netherlands is a completely different country when the sun is shining? Seriously. Every year it catches me off guard as the transformation is so instant and extreme. Thi...
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Happy Dutch Cows

Happy Dutch Spring Cows - 'Koeien in de wei' Spring in the Netherlands brings happiness to all of its inhabitants, particularly the cows. After growing up on a dairy farm, I have seen many cows, but never in m...
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15 Funny Dutch Words

As you may have already heard, the Dutch certainly do not beat around the bush. This does have a plus side as it conveniently applies, not only to their direct behavior, but also their use of language. Why com...
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Mirusia: The Dutch Classical Superstar

Last month we had the pleasure of chatting with international classical music star, Mirusia Louwerse. Mirusia is the darling of the classical circuit, an accomplished soprano, an Aussie-Dutch hybrid, and most i...
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1 April, kikker in je bil!

1 april, kikker in je bil! (die er nooit meer uit wil) Translation 1st of April, frog in your butt! Meaning April fools! History In 1572, the Low countries were at the beginning of the Eighty years’ war o...