Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Leadership

People of Holland! Upon this day I, Stuart, would like to officially announce my successful invasion of Holland and the installation of myself as your new leader and ruler. Do not be afraid. Although this new development might sound quite alarming at first please remain calm and give it a moment to sink in. The invasion was successfully completed yesterday when I put up some flyers announcing myself as Holland’s new ruler and no one […]

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The English Guide

Over the years I’ve written a lot about the Dutch and their funny little habits and traditions but I’ve never really written about my equally weird fellow Englishman. This seems somehow unfair since (as I will admit myself) we all know the English can be fairly strange and peculiar themselves (even if we are more prim and proper and know the correct layout for cutlery at a tea party). To rectify this injustice I have […]

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Questioning Sinterklaas

The arrival of Sinterklaas can be a very confusing time for expats in Holland. It’s a tradition that raises a lot of questions for those who are unfamiliar with it. Who is Sinterklaas and why does he give out presents on December 5th? Why does Sinterklaas live in Spain? Who are his helpers the Zwarte Pieten? However, over the years I have come to realize that there are certain questions that it is simply best […]

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Speculoos Smuggler

I am a speculoos addict. I have been hopelessly hooked on its sweet delicious taste ever since I tried my first sample. Since that day I have tried all different kinds of speculoos products; sandwich spreads, ice-creams, biscuits, hagelslag. The list goes on and on. Neither rehab or any amount of interventions have done anything to reduce my insanely uncontrollable cravings. So when I learnt about the existence of a new speculoos product I knew […]

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