Ten Awkward Situations for Expats Living in Holland

Awkward Situations for Expats Living in Holland

1) Getting the words gefeliciteerd and gecondoleerd mixed up. One means congratulations. The other means condolences. You can get away with the mistake at a birthday party but not at a funeral. 2) Accidentally buying vla instead of milk and only discovering the mistake when you are serving tea to guests (and the resulting splosh lands in their laps). 3) Returning to your home country and confusing the shop workers there by unintentionally speaking Dutch […]

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Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year! It was a busy 2016 indeed. A lot of big life changing events have happened for me personally and my family. The year started with the construction of our new house and the hiding of a secret message in its foundations. I found myself trapped in a frozen Friesland and shared some of my Dutch father-in-laws fun English translations. As the weather started to warm up I explored the Dutch tradition of […]

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Dutch New Year’s Celebration – Oliebollen and Explosions

Dutch New Year’s Celebration

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). Fireworks Most countries celebrate New Year’s Eve by letting off a few fireworks. They might have a safely organised display of a few brightly coloured rockets. Parents might (responsibly) light the occasional sparkler with their children in the garden and everyone will agree […]

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A Story of Misheard Christmas Song Lyrics

Misheard Christmas Song Lyrics

My daughter has recently been getting into the festive spirit by singing the song We Wish You a Merry Christmas. Unfortunately she only knows the words to the first part of the song and she has decided to sing them in a constant loop. It’s very cute to hear her singing in English but after a while we started to wish she would move on to some other song in the wide variety of Christmas […]

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