13 Iconic Dutch Liberation Photos

Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) is celebrated each year on May 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. Make sure to also read our post about the brave men that helped free the...

No.66: Happy Dutch babies

We've mentioned before that the Dutch are a generally happy bunch. Apparently the weather, the directness of their compatriots, and even the food - doesn't  get them down!  Dutch women and Dutch children consis...

No. 65: Social Policing

It was one of those days. I was suppose to be catching an international flight in less than 2 hours. The taxi I had ordered was no where to be found but that was the least of my worries as I flew around my apar...

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. 61: Football (& the World Cup)

You cannot possibly have a blog discussing stuff that the Dutch like and not have freakin' FOOTBALL on the list! It's a good time to be in the Netherlands: the sun is shinning, everyone seems to be on some sor...

No. 60: Equal rights for dogs

Life is good for 'man’s best friend' in the lowlands. In fact, Dutch dogs lead an extraordinarily charmed life, enjoying rights, privileges and luxuries not normally afforded to their furry friends across the A...

No.59: Canadians

It is no coincidence that I've chosen TODAY to discuss Dutch people's fondness of Canucks. On 5 May 1945, the First Canadian Army was in large part responsible for the liberation of the Netherlands. Ask any Dut...

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. 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...

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...