Category Archives: expat

Making toffee apples: the dangers of starting a family tradition

Family traditions sound wonderful, but choose them with care. How toffee apples came back to haunt one imperfect mother. Continue reading

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Bevrijdingsdag: freedom festivals, fun facts, 2015 fluff-ups

Dutch remembrance day (Dodenherdenking) and Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) are taken seriously here and fully celebrated. Here are some fun facts, things that went wrong in 2016 and a couple of the special cartoons commissioned for the occasion, reflecting on freedom, war, refugees and what it all means today. Continue reading

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How many eggs make an egg? Palmpasen and Palm Sunday

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Children in parts of the Netherlands and Germany decorate sticks on Palm Sunday. Sometimes these are taken in a parade or donated to homes. I investigate the symbolism. Continue reading

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The language of Dutch Carnival: dialect, royalty and fools

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Dutch dialect during during Carnival, with an odd link to the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Continue reading

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16 Things I Miss The Most About The U.S.

Originally posted on Sergio Goes To Europe!:
It’s been a little bit over a month since I left my home to have the best time of my life here in Europe. I have traveled all around, made some amazing memories,…

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From flea market to funfair. Demystifying kermis, braderie, vlooienmarkt and beurs

When you peruse the local papers to find something to do at the weekend, are you mystified by the adverts for events? What is a rommelmarkt, vlooienmarkt, kermis or braderie? Where can you find a boot fair or a garage … Continue reading

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Culture shock in the café – ordering drinks in Dutch

Drinks – know what you’re ordering Ordering drinks in a bar or restaurant should be easy, you would think. Armed with a basic phrase book, it should be pretty easy to order something to drink. Somehow, in Dutch it’s not … Continue reading

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