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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  • Are You Ever Really Prepared for a Life Abroad? 2 years ago It won’t be news to anyone but life doesn’t always turn out like you expect it to. How did you end up where you are? Is it a life you had always planned? The best-laid plans and all that! But how do you prepare for a life abroad? Can you prepare for a life abroad?… Continue reading Are You...
  • Life Abroad Changes You - There's a Before and After 2 years ago Nelson Mandela’s words sum up perfectly the feeling I grappled with for the first time a few years ago during a visit to England: “There is nothing like returning to a place that remain unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” In short, life abroad changes you. Life...
  • 5 Dutch Social Rules That Seem Weird at First 2 years ago The Dutch language is not the only thing you have to learn when you move to the Netherlands, it’s Dutch social rules too. Some are unspoken. You’ll stumble upon them when you least expect it. Some make sense. Some Dutch social rules though may baffle you. They may seem weird at first. But...
  • A Happy Christmas British Hamper 2 years ago As Christmas fast approaches it’s lovely to be gifted a taste of Christmas from Britain. The British Hamper Company sent me a Happy Christmas Hamper to take a peek at and review. Or rather to eat up with the help of my family. Maybe. If Santa thinks they have been good…… Bye Sinterklaas,...
  • What You Need to Know About the Dutch Lockdown That is Not a Lockdown 2 years ago As you will already know, Rutte and De Jonge gave another press conference on Friday to announce the sharpening of the COVID measures in the Netherlands. You have probably heard the word lockdown being waved around like a flag. But the latest measures really don’t constitute a Dutch lockdown....

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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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