The every day

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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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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The Dutch don’t eat crisps

1st April 2019

“What are you eating?” My colleague had ceased to consume her own lunch altogether. She looked at me, one eyebrow raised cautiously. I looked down at my small sandwich bag which I’d stuffed with a diet friendly portion of Doritos. “Doritos.” I replied. I mean, I was clearly eating Doritos. She paused for a moment, […]

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My First Birthday (party in the Netherlands)

24th March 2019

The Dutch circle party is a tradition written in solid stone. One does not stray far away from the circle party when choosing to entertain their friends and family on their special day. If you don’t quite know what a circle party is, then let me lay it out to you pretty simply: it’s a […]

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And the winner is…

11th March 2019

I won a competition. It was almost out of the blue, if I hadn’t, y’know, entered it. But, as everyone always says in these situations: “I wasn’t expecting it!”, and honestly, I wasn’t. As you all know, International Women’s Day swooped down upon us and whisked us all away in her horn-tooting grip on the […]

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A year in the Netherlands – a round-up of random

1st March 2019

I recently passed the one-year mark on my journey of being an expat in the Netherlands and it got me thinking crazy things like: what have I discovered in the past year? I’m certainly hoping that it’s more than just a handful of Dutch curse words. So here goes: a round-up of ‘some moderately interesting […]

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