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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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, ...

No. 21: Herring

Dutch people have a tremendous love affair for one particular small, slippery, slimy, fatty, smelly sea-creature- the hallowed Herring! To say that the Dutch like herring is a vast understatement.  Simply put, ...

No. 44: White leggings

The White-Leggings Conundrum 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 ...
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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...

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...

No.51: Borrels

Dutch people love a good borrel. Or should I rephrase: they love a good excuse for having a borrel. Borrels are quintessentially gezellig; and gezelligheid is, of course, quintessentially Dutch. Confused? Well...

No.43: Speaking in expressions

I used to have this colleague who almost exclusively spoke to me in Dutch expressions. Now of course, some would see this as charming, perhaps even educational, or a nice throw back to the times when our grandm...

No. 12: Lekker

If you've lived, toured, visited, or really spent any amount of time in the lowlands and you haven't heard this word...well, then I'd suggest you get your ears checked - and quick! This seemingly innocent word ...