Entries by Arianna

No restrictions for on-site learning but other measures against COVID-19 extended

This week saw the 22 millionth dose of vaccine administered. The Netherlands now has high vaccination coverage and the figure is continuing to rise on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a greater increase is still needed. There are still an estimated 1.8 million people who have not built up immunity, either through vaccination or through infection. […]

Checklist entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad – August 2021

Good preparation is important for your return trip to the Netherlands. Are you returning to the Netherlands from a yellow EU country on 8 August? Then you need a corona certificate (vaccination, recovery or test proof). Here’s the Governments’ checklist for entering or returning to the Netherlands from abroad.

Pentecost 2021 in Holland

Something that intrigued me ever since I first arrived in Holland is the number of Dutch public holidays specifically related to events on the Roman Catholic calendar. It struck me and still does that a fairly non-religious country like the Netherlands would observe so many religious feast days, beyond Easter and Christmas, like the Ascension […]

Lockdown measures tightened including curfew

On the evening of  Wednesday 20 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that lockdown measures have to be tightened in response to concerns about new variants of the coronavirus. The previous announcement on Tuesday 12 January (see here) stated that the measures announced in December would continue until 9 February, […]

Dutch lockdown continues until at least 9 February

On the evening of Tuesday 12 January, prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge announced that the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus would be extended for a further 3 weeks. The previous announcement in December (see here) stated the lockdown needed to be introduced to minimise contact between people and […]

Dutch Language exercise: Sinterklaas & Zwarte Piet

Dutch Language exercise: choose the correct answer for each of the gaps. Sinterklaas woont in Spanje en Zwarte Piet is zijn helper. De Sint is een oudeplanmanmaanbaanmet een lange witte baard. Hij heeft een mijter op zijn hoofd en hij draagt een rode mantel. Een keer pergevaarjaarpaardollarkomt Sinterklaas naar Nederland. Hij komt met een stoomboot. […]

Fireworks exploded in Haarlem house

During the early hours of Wednesday 14 October, there was an incident at a house on the Prins Bernhardlaan in Haarlem caused by fireworks exploding after being thrown through the window. It is the third time in a few days that the house has been targeted. There was no one in the house at the […]