Connect International organises various events and activities every month to give international residents a sense of community, to help them better understand the Dutch culture, to find their way in their daily lives in the northern Netherlands and simply to have fun. So come and try out some of the Connect International clubs and events.Continue reading “Enjoy 2020 with Connect International”
From 1 July 2019 it will be illegal in the Netherlands to hold your mobile phone in your hand while cycling, so be warned!
Calling, texting, WhatsApp, navigation, playing Pokémon Go, listening to music or just holding your phone in your hand to check the time will land you a €90 fine.Continue reading “Don’t text and cycle!”
Following on the series, we are taking a look at another popular favourite from a Dutch snackbar, the nasischijf and bamischijf. These are two different snacks, but share many similarities.Continue reading “Dutch Snackbar: Nasischijf and Bamischijf”
There are almost 360 species of wild bees in the Netherlands, with half of all bee species being listed as endangered. ‘Nederland Zoemt Bijentelling’ is a national action to count the number of bees on the weekend 13 – 14 April 2019.Continue reading “National Bee Count 13 – 14 April”
You are most likely familiar with the iconic pointed curly hat, long dress and apron worn by the stereotypical Dutch girl. This particular image of traditional clothing is not the only one, there are in fact countless variations, with regions throughout the Netherlands having their own signature style. And while you may not see them in the big cities, there are many communities where traditional clothing is worn every day.Continue reading “Traditional Dutch clothing”
When you celebrate your 50th birthday in the Netherlands, the Dutch refer to this as ‘meeting Abraham’ if you are male, or ‘meeting Sarah’ if you are female. It is a tradition that honours a person gaining wisdom through experience. It is a major birthday that many look forward to and a cause for a great party.Continue reading “Seeing Abraham & Sarah”
The Dutch kaassoufflé (cheese soufflé) served at snack bars has nothing to do with the light fluffy soufflé dish that is baked in the oven.Continue reading “Dutch Snackbar: Kaassoufflé”
Depending on where you come from, your typical Dutch bathroom may seem quite familiar or might not.
You will have your toilet and sink, the shower (and maybe a bath) may occupy the same room or be separate, and then there are the few quirky Dutch elements too that you might not be quite so used to …
Oliebollen are a typical Dutch treat eaten around Christmas and New Year’s. They are a delicious, deep-fried dough ball, served warm, with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. They are traditionally either made with a plain dough, or a dough with raisins or sultanas mixed through.
Oliebollen were part of our top 5 Dutch New Year’s traditions that we shared last week, and while you can buy them at supermarkets, bakery, food trucks etc., they are really easy to make at home too.
New Years is a big celebration here in the Netherlands, with traditions, new and old, that lead up to when the clock strikes midnight, and a bit past that.
Here are some top New Year prepping tips to help if this will be your first New Years in the North of the Netherlands.