There are many benefits to being a blogger. One of them is getting to know other bloggers who then write a book and ask if you would like to read it. That’s how I found myself reading Dutched Up: Rocking the Clogs Expat Style.
The book is written by a few bloggers who you might already be familiar with, all of whom came to The Netherlands for their own reasons and decided to call the country home (even if just for a short while). Each writer puts their own unique spin on the expat experience and the many strange but lovable quirks of the Dutch.
Because of this the book is very entertaining, thoughtful and perfectly highlights the ups and downs of how unpredictable life can be as an expat in an unfamiliar country (especially one as crazy as the Netherlands). There are stories that will make you laugh out loud (as the authors share their experiences of hilarious language mix ups, cultural confusion and bizarre interactions with the Dutch) and stories that will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves questioning their decision to move their entire life to another country.
Even as someone who has lived in The Netherlands for fifteen years I discovered new aspects of expat life that I had not yet experienced myself (and I don’t just mean the chapter on giving birth in The Netherlands). I found myself both nodding at familiar stories and having tiny ‘oh yeah’ moments when something I had not realized before suddenly clicked while reading others.
It was a very entertaining read and I can highly recommend it. I could tell you about parts that made me laugh the most but that would be spoiling it, so go, buy the book and read for yourself.
I’m still on my short blogging holiday as I get to grips with becoming a father for the second time while also trying to decorate a whole house. Once things are more under control again I will return much more regularly.