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Fierljeppen: Traditional Dutch Pole Jumping

Fierljeppen, (pronounced fier‧ljep‧pen), sometimes referred to as polsstokverspringen in German-speaking East Frisia is a favorite sport of The Netherlands’ North Western Friesland province.  Roughly translated to the self-explanatory “far-leaping” (originally: elegant jumping), its object is to run toward a body of water with an 8 – 13 (13,25 maximum) meter long pole (polsstok), jump over…

A Guide to Buying a Bicycle in the Netherlands

If you plan on moving to the Netherlands for work or study, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up buying a bicycle. Not only is it the preferred mode of transportation in Holland cycling, but also it’s part of the culture and everyday life, and is the easiest way to get around the cities. The infrastructure…

Awesome things for kids to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its many tourist attractions for adults, but did you know that it is also an awesome place to holiday with kids? It is unsurprising really, when you take into account that Dutch kids are rated some of the happiest in the world. There are oodles of fun things to do in…

How To Raise Bilingual Kids in the Netherlands

Raising kids can be tough enough, without the added challenge of teaching them multiple languages. Three years ago, when we moved from our home in the UK to the Netherlands, my husband and I weren’t really focusing on the fact that our newborn and toddler would end up bilingual. We talked about how they’d eventually…

Dutch Public Holidays and Key Dates for 2019 & 2020

The Dutch have a variety of national, public and other holidays to keep track of. Whether you’ve just moved to the lowlands, or have lived here all your life, knowing the below list of key dates will save you the embarrassment of going to work when you don’t have to. 2019 Holiday Date New Year’s…

Dutch Local Elections: Why the Expat Vote Matters to D66

Last year’s national elections in the Netherlands captured the attention of the world’s media. After the election of Trump in America and the British Brexit vote, the world held its breath and waited to see whether the Netherlands would be next in line to swing to populism. While outsider parties gained some ground, things swiftly…

Tips on how to make dutch friends & cultural norms

Internationals living in the Netherlands often mention the challenges they face with respects to integrating into dutch society, learning the language and more importantly making dutch friends. The Dutch, most likely having their own set of friends over the years, (and have usually been friends with them for years) locals may not necessarily feel the…

The Do’s and Don’ts of dating the Dutch

The Do’s and Don’ts of dating the Dutch You’ve moved to the Netherlands and you’re all settled in. You have your apartment, job and local Albert Heijn within 500 metres of your place sorted. You have started to make friends and you have definitely started to notice how beautiful the Dutch are – tall, blonde,…