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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  • How Would Introducing School Uniforms In Dutch Schools Go Down? 4 months ago At the start of every school year there’s a heated discussion about the existence of school uniforms in Britain. This school year was no different. The BBC approached me to comment on school uniforms in the Netherlands for a regional news program. The premise being, there are actually countries...
  • The Loud Visible Minority of England Football Fans 6 months ago Penalties. Penalties again. I kicked some furniture and headed to bed. Disappointed. But I awoke from a disturbed night feeling proud. And then ashamed as the headlines seeped through, sullying my morning. England football ‘fans’ fighting. Racism on social media. And then an Englishman the...
  • DRU Industriepark in the Achterhoek 7 months ago Whenever I hear an advert on the radio for the Achterhoek, I internally scream ‘shhhhhh’. The Achterhoek is indeed an area of the Netherlands worth exploring. There is indeed lots to keep you entertained here in the Achterhoek. And yes, finally, it is beautiful here. And the last thing I’d...
  • Chasing Herd Immunity in the Netherlands 9 months ago Just over a year ago I wrote a post about herd immunity in the Netherlands, relating to Covid-19. Back then my opinion was that herd immunity was not the number one goal of the Dutch government’s Covid-19 strategy. Herd immunity in the Netherlands would be a by-product of maximum containment. I...
  • Goodbye Britain - Talking to the Brits who packed their bags...and left 9 months ago Between March and August 2020, Tom Beck spent hours and hours and hours (you get the picture) on the telephone talking to Brits spread across the globe. The only thing these Brits has in common was that they had said Goodbye to Britain and made a (temporary or permanent) home abroad. From chasing...

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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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