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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  • Today is 'Cycle to Work' Day 1 week ago In the UK today it’s Cycle to Work Day. It’s the UK’s biggest cycling commuting event. The idea is to get people out of their cars and onto the saddle of a bike. You never know, it may just turn into a habit for some. It caught my eye because sometimes you don’t know how… Continue reading...
  • The Louwman Museum in The Hague 2 weeks ago Situated in The Hague in a purpose built building, the Louwman museum showcases the oldest private collection of cars in the world. It’s a must see for car lovers. We drove past many times whilst the structure was being built, watching the site evolve from a building site to an impressive looking...
  • Don't Forget Your Vakantiekaas 3 weeks ago Holiday plans outside of the Netherlands this summer? How will you cope without Dutch cheese during your vacation? Luckily, you don’t have to because there’s vakantiekaas available just for you! Dutch are Cheese Mad One of the stereotypical icons for the Netherlands is undoubtedly, alongside...
  • Farewell Basisschool, Hello Middelbare School 2 months ago My eldest son is at school today, as usual, but it’s his last day in primary school. After the school holiday he starts in voortgezet onderwijs. That’s secondary school to you and me. And that’s a whole new ball game for this Turning Dutch mother!   Dutch Primary School System A year ago I...
  • Sport Tournaments Reveal Your Allegiances When You Live Abroad. Discuss. 2 months ago Yesterday the Women’s Football World Cup Final took place. The 2019 tournament has been especially fantastic for Dutch, English, American and Swedish supporters. But again I am aware that there’s nothing like sport to test your allegiances when you live in a country you weren’t born in....

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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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