sinterklaas

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'...
kingsday

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...
Happy Dutch People!

No. 55: Being happy

W hile scores of mortals spend their entire lives contemplating, questioning and pondering the secret to true happiness, the Dutch are exempt from such trivial pressures. If fact, as one of the happiest nations...
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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 ...
stroopwafels

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...
dutchoven

No. 49: Infiltrating English

Dutch people should be proud. Very proud. For such a tiny little country, they've managed to successfully penetrate the English language. Have you ever noticed how often the Dutch are referenced in English exp...
flood

No. 5: Battling it out with water

Many think of the Dutch as a passive peaceful country but let it be known that Dutch people have a mortal enemy; an adversary with whom they have battled for centuries.  Whether it originated from sheer determi...
tulips

No. 9: Tulips

Ahhh....the tulip. An iconic symbol of Holland -only to be topped by the windmill or the clog. You certainly can't get more Dutch than the tulip. Or can you? ;) I will let you in on a little secret. The precio...
salade-compressor

No. 46: Nasty spreads (broodbeleg)

If you've ever worked in a Dutch workplace, you've probably been tricked convinced at least once to chip in a few euros and share a communal lunch.  Yes, the peer pressure was probably hard to resist, and yes, ...
shock

No. 44: White leggings

Spring has finally sprung in the Netherlands; the birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the skies are an unfamiliar blue colour. People on the streets are actually smiling at each other in passing and less...
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No.9: Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag)

Have seen my friend? For a nation which often insists on "normal" behaviour and the following of rules, Queen's Day is truly nothing of the sort. It's one day of the year where the Dutch break all their sel...
baby

No.15: Natural birth

There is no denying that Dutch people like to do things the natural way, the “real way” and the “normal” way. In fact, I would say the majority of them are downright obsessed with making sure their behavior (oh...