Expat Life With a Double Buggy

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Expat Life With a Double Buggy
This blog is my tale of mothering abroad, about the ups and downs of parenting in a foreign country.
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  • My Sunday Photo: Feeling Foreign at a Party 14 hours ago My eldest son turned eight a week ago and this week we had, amongst other celebrations, his kids' party. Standing in a room with ten Dutch children, nine of which speak better Dutch than I do, left me feeling very non-Dutch. A bit more foreign than normal. I was trying to explain one of the games...
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  • My Sunday Photo: The Tank Wall 1 week ago The Netherlands is littered with reminders that this small, liberal nation was once an occupied one. One such place is in the Panbos in Katwijk where the Atlantic Wall stands proud and strong. It is part of a defensive structure that was built by the Germans to stop advancing Allied Forces. What is...
  • 5 Ways to Encourage a Child to Write in a Second Language 1 week ago My three boys are bilingual, speaking Dutch as their mother tongue and English as their second language. It struck me recently that even though we talk and read in English at home every day my eldest hardly gets any writing practice in his second language. So I'm making an all out concerted effort...
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Website Reviews » There are 20 reviews on Expat Life With a Double Buggy

Lars Van Mulligen
14:09 PM October 24, 2012

Nice and very familiar bunch of stories (",) grabbed from day-to-day experiences when living in another country than the one you were born in with a rather big family. All very entertaining stories!

Charlie Raemakers
20:05 PM October 24, 2012

I love laughing and nodding along to this blog. Gives a great insight to being a parent in Holland especially from an expats point of view. Witty, honest and amusing, this is a must read for expat parents everywhere!

Joanne Teal
20:19 PM October 24, 2012

Familiar bemusement - culture shocks/surprises/tips from the perspective of a mummy on foreign soil. Makes me smile and makes me think.

Dirk Lauwers
19:52 PM October 25, 2012

Gentle, thought provoking and varied - and reactions I recognize even with just a single buggy...

Luana
21:34 PM October 25, 2012

I love reading this blog! I find I can really identify with a lot of things, having been an expat parent in the Netherlands. Keep up the good work!

Vinita Salomé
11:26 AM October 26, 2012

I thoroughly enjoy reading Amanda's blog! So many things I relate to and I love that she can put it into words. I'm a huge fan!

Philip Stenson
09:38 AM October 29, 2012

I find Amanda's blogs a funny and interesting insight into the life of an expat. I look forward to the next installment.

Vivienne
15:08 PM November 02, 2012

Always fun to read!

Johanna Pearce
12:46 PM November 07, 2012

As an expat and a mother myself I love to read about life in the Netherlands from Amanda's perspective. Amanda's blog makes me feel reassured that expat life is often the same no matter the country. A funny and original read.

Karl
13:52 PM November 07, 2012

Just smiling all the time... all so familiar! Well done!

Rieneke
13:54 PM November 07, 2012

Very well put into words. Nice views from "others" living in the Netherlands.

Demi
18:21 PM November 07, 2012

Very interesting issues!!! Keep up the good work Amanda!! Tnks D.

Tiffany
22:14 PM November 08, 2012

I really appreciate all the ...Double Buggy posts. Very timely and it covers a lot of concerns/thoughts/feelings/issues that have been popping up for me lately.

Meg Fenn
12:18 PM November 10, 2012

Amanda is such a good writer and I love reading her posts. It's interesting for me to see things from her perspective. I'm living in her home country - a country foreign to me and she is living in a country foreign to her. We are both doing the same thing and we both have young children and are bringing them up in a culture that is not our own, but rather our 'adopted' culture. Excellent blog to follow.

Kris Klebek
07:51 AM November 21, 2012

Interesting, funny and ... makes me think:-)

Nerissa
09:39 AM November 22, 2012

I love this blog. As an expat and now a mother, this is essential reading. Totally relatable.

Renee S
10:33 AM November 24, 2012

I just simply love Amanda's writing! She's funny, genuine, smart and just always a great read on her blog!

Rob Mackenzie
14:06 PM December 01, 2012

This never fails to deliver a smile on my face regularly and can totally empathise( and sympathise!) the trials and tribulations of living abroad through my time living in France. Keep up the great work!

Chris
19:19 PM December 01, 2012

Just love this blog!

Stuart B
10:02 AM December 05, 2012

As someone who has just become an expat parent myself I find Amanda's blog very useful. It helps me know what I'm getting into as time goes on.

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