Turning Dutch

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Turning Dutch
This blog is my tale of mothering abroad, about the ups and downs of parenting in a foreign country.
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  • Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives 4 weeks ago At this time of year many of you have travel plans to spend Christmas with  loved ones that you left behind when you moved abroad. Leaving family and friends behind is certainly one of the biggest downsides of moving overseas. But there are many positives to living overseas. There are at least...
  • Dutch Dads Teach Us About Work Life Balance 2 months ago Ever heard the term papadag? About half of new Dutch dads take a regular papadag. And when it comes to work life balance many Dutch people know what they are doing, This month I am taking part in a challenge to write a daily post for The Good Men Project. To read today’s offering head… Continue...
  • 7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration 3 months ago My eight year old recently asked how long kruidnoten have been around for. It prompted a discussion with my buren about spices and ingredients and how long they have been available. It got me wondering: what else don’t we all know top of our heads about the Dutch Sinterklaas celebration? 1....
  • A British Superstition: Hello Mr Magpie, How's Your Wife? 3 months ago Does this title ring any bells with you? If you are superstitious about magpies then asking, “hello Mr Magpie, how’s your wife?” will be something that you do on a regular basis. In fact, every time you see a lonesome magpie. One Magpie Bad, Two or More Good I was cycling with my eldest...
  • Guess Who Doesn't Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate 3 months ago For years the dispute about Zwarte Piet has been getting more vehement. The voices against ‘Black Petes’ are getting louder and supporters find ways to make themselves heard over the noise. No one is using their polite voice anymore. It’s all got rather nasty if truth be told. But any idea...

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  • Top 8 Must Buy Items For Expats in The Netherlands Writing Contest March 2013 You can’t buy happiness but as an expat you can buy eight items that will help you get the most out of living in the Netherlands. A Bike There is no doubt whatsoever that the Dutch are cycling nuts. You could sum the locals up with “I...
  • Letting Go of the Career Ladder Working Abroad Taking a step back in your career is never a satisfying move, but if the fact that you don’t speak the local language limits your job opportunities and you need to survive, sometimes you have no choice. I know that firsthand. When I moved to the...

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