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Expat Eurovison dilemma plus scandal, history, Douwe Bob and the UK entry

European expat dilemma: which country to vote for? Trijntje Oosterhuis caused controversy with her costume in 2015. Plus the 2015 and 2016 entries for the Netherlands and UK. 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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Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday: pancakes, herring and curly kale

What do the Dutch eat on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday? Do they have Pancake Day like Britain and if not, how do expats cope? 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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Blogging 101 – Who I am and why I’m here, they ask

Happy unbirthday, blog. You’re 1 year and 9 months old today and I’ve finally decided I should follow the Blogging 101 course offered by WordPress. My blog name is Integrated Expat because I’m a long-term British expat living in the … Continue reading

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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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