Happy Dutch People!

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...
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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 an...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...