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Suriname
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Suri-where?

Why would anyone go to Suriname if you’re not a nostalgic Dutch or someone just looking for a wild adventure? Simple, this tiny country is a world itself—breaking out from its colonial history while embracing its mixed heritage. Tucked between…
New Year's plunge
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New Year's plunge

Those crazy Dutch! Once you survived Sinterklaas, Christmas and dodged the fireworks during new years eve you think you can finally relax. Well, guess again. How the tradition started I don't know but on the first of January masses of children,…
trakteren
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What does 'trakteren' really mean?

Just that one little Dutch word can send everyone running. Children because it's exciting and usually something delicious, adults because it's just one more of those things expected from you when living in the Netherlands. Anyone living…
drinks
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The time I was invited for ‘drinks.’

There are times when my English culture and the Dutch culture collide into a mass ball of miscommunication. Sometimes the outcome is amusing, sometimes it’s just plain confusing. I was invited for drinks. I and my English partner recently…
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Memories linked to childhood favourite food

Does the culture we are raised in influence what we remember about our favourite childhood food? Would the Dutch differ in this from Expats? And if so, how? We discussed these questions with participants of an event in Amsterdam on ‘Taste,…
SELF-ESTEEEM

THE FUNNY MISTERY OF LE PETIT ROI AND THE DUTCH SELF-ESTEEM

Since I moved to the Netherlands I developed a theory: the autochtones have a lack of self-esteem and they react to this showing how secure and proud of their country they are and how great and beautiful it is. If this unconscious self-esteem…
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Spring in the Netherlands is: kids as pavement artists

Walking out the door this morning I played hopscotch, with askew numbers, drawn by childish hand, in pink and green chalk. Right – Pink, Left – Green.... Right – Pink, Left – Green. My bag was jumping on my hip, a lady with…
beauty
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About beauty and why I couldn’t see it in the Netherlands

When you own just 2 cents, you should buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other one”. In this ancient Chinese saying, in my opinion, we can find one of the engines that move the Universe: as human beings, we need beauty…