Live Abroad

How to party on New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands

2nd January 2020

Hallo lieve mensen! It’s January! The start of a new year. The start of a new DECADE. I’ve seen everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions (thank you Instagram). I’ve posted my own homage to New Year (thank you Instagram), and I’ve partied with the Dutch and watched 2020 explode into my life. I’d like to make an […]

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Visiting the oldest working planetarium in the world

22nd October 2019

In the centre of a town in the middle of Friesland, stands an important piece of its history. A planetarium, almost hidden in plain sight, which spans three buildings and holds one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever seen is waiting to be discovered. Last weekend we visited for the second time, the first […]

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A 24-hour heather hunt – part two

16th September 2019

After an evening of over filling our bellies on delicious dishes from a local eetcafe in Otterlo, we woke up to a delicious breakfast in our hotel (a perfect end and beginning, if you ask me). We walked into the breakfast room (actually just the restaurant, it wasn’t that posh) and seated ourselves as close […]

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A 24-hour heather hunt – part one.

12th September 2019

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’m the kind of person who has an idea after everybody else. It’s Saturday 7th September, and I am perusing Pinterest at my leisure: one of my greatest past times. Out of the corner of my eye I catch a hint of purple. A deep, jewelled […]

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The dreaded dentist

4th September 2019

No, this isn’t David Walliams’ unearthed first draft of Demon Dentist. I went to the dentist this week for the first time since I landed in the Netherlands. I’ve lived here a year and a half, by the way. But wait, there’s more. I hadn’t visited my own English dentist for an entire year before […]

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5th April 2019

Picture the scene: It’s Wednesday, and I’m at work. I’m not ill, but I’m not really feeling lekker as the saying goes here. I’ve got a bit of the sniffles, it’s April, and therefore, I am utterly confused and disoriented. I’m working with a small group of children, and their task is to make a […]

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