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I’ve had a bit of writer’s block over the last few days. I’ve started three new posts (to add to the crazy number of half-finished posts just sitting there) and am just struggling on kicking them along to form something I feel comfortable enough to publish. So yes, I admit it, I am taking the […]

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Our resident swans

At the end of my street there is a little bridge over a canal. It’s actually a pedestrian bridge, which is quite rare here in the Netherlands. Technically you’re not allowed to cycle on it, but everyone does anyway. Nobody seems to mind. Me? The bridge is¬†really steep and I usually have to approach it […]

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Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Despite living in the Netherlands since 2011, I’ve never celebrated King’s Day in Amsterdam (or Queen’s Day, as it used to be known). My lone experience of the Dutch national day was back in 2012, when I partied it up in Dordrecht. In 2011 and 2013 I was tour guiding elsewhere and had to hear […]

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An AFL fan at the Dutch Cup final

I am in training at the moment. It’s not the physical kind; in fact, it’s kind of the opposite. Most of the training takes place on the couch, in front of either a magazine or a TV show. You see, I’m in training for my upcoming visit to Brazil for the World Cup. Despite being […]

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The dummies’ guide to the Dutch workplace

After three years on the road working as a tour guide, I have returned to the normality of the nine-to-five. I’ve spent the last couple of months working in an office in Rotterdam, where I’ve noticed a few little quirks in how the Dutchies go about their business. Here are a few things that have […]

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Spring has sprung

I talk about the weather a lot on this blog. This isn’t a new thing, let me tell you. I didn’t all of a sudden become some sort of cloud-spotter since moving to the rain-soaked Netherlands. No, siree. I am the granddaughter of Betty Mansfield, a lady who once infamously told me that we couldn’t […]

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Beyond the Anne Frank Huis

The Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam is one of the best museums in the world, in my humble opinion. I place it in the same category as the Louvre, in that it is one of the two museums in Europe that you feel you really¬†have to visit. One tells the story of some of humankind’s […]

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A Dutch anniversary

I have recently celebrated my Dutch anniversary. I have now been a resident of the Netherlands for three whole years. My oh my, has that time flown. I have seen eleven of the twelve provinces (I still have to get to Drenthe), visiting some beautiful cities such as Middelburg, Haarlem, Alkmaar, Maastricht, Groningen and Arnhem. […]

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Haarlem with a double ‘A’

Whenever somebody asks me advice on what to do in Amsterdam or where to go for a daytrip, I always say the same thing. Get out of Amsterdam. Go to Haarlem. Now, I don’t have anything against Amsterdam – I’ve actually come to really like the Dutch capital – but it ain’t the Netherlands. Non-Randstad […]

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Witch-hunting in Oudewater

I was never a fan of history class back in my early years of high school. One, my teachers were terrible, and two, the curriculum focused on brain-numbingly boring topics like Medieval Times and The Egyptians (yes, with the capitalisations and everything). I actually don’t remember a lot of meaty, historical stuff that I learnt […]

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