If you’ve ever watched Dutch children’s television you are probably familiar with Buurman en Buurman. It’s a stop animation show about two neighbors who (in each episode) try to build, fix or invent something. It almost, always goes horribly wrong. It does not take long for some small mistake to escalate as they try to find a creative, not well thought out, and sometimes life threatening solution. I love this show. Because it was originally […]
Raising children in The Netherlands has been interesting. Mainly because it has allowed me to watch helplessly as our daughter’s ability to speak Dutch slowly catches up with mine, and then overtakes it at alarming speed. She was already correcting my Dutch at the age of three. However, she has had an unfair advantage. She is after all half Dutch. Having a Dutch mother (my wife) and a British Father (me) has made it fairly […]
The old year has drawn to a close and a new one has begun. I always enjoy the run up to this time of year. There is something I enjoy about wrapping things up, looking back over the accomplishments of the previous year and planning the goals of the next. It always feels like a turning point and a chance for renewal. My 2017 might not have been as crazy as my 2016 but it […]
Dutch New Year’s Celebration Grab an Oliebollen and some fireworks as we get ready to explore the unique madness of Dutch New Year’s Celebration (or as they call it; Oud en Nieuw). It all starts with Oudejaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) on December 31st and ends with Nieuwjaarsdag (New Year’s Day) on January 1st. 1) Firing Off Lots of Fireworks Most countries celebrate New Year’s Eve by letting off a few fireworks. They might have a […]
I wish you all a Merry Christmas. May you have a fun and festive holiday. I’ll see you in the New Year.