It was a beautiful August
day in Oslo. We were back after Hans and
I spent two weeks hiking in the highlands where a highlight was walking past birch trees less than an inch tall to reach the toe of a glacier near Finse.
We were then fit and ready for two full days in the city.
In the morning we went to Frogner Park. Amazingly popular, no trip to Oslo can be complete without a visit here, like it or hate it. I was mesmerized. There are hundreds of stories in the stone and brass sculptures all made by one man, Gustav Vigeland.
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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 …
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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.
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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.
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Oberhausen is a city just across the border, in Germany. Each holiday season, CentrO shopping and leisure centre hosts one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, plus they have over 220 stores inside the large shopping mall, perfect for doing a big Christmas present shop.
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Christmas, the time of giving, receiving and indulging! Every country has their own best Christmas foods that are enjoyed at this time of year and here are 10 amazing Dutch Christmas food suggestions (in no particular order) for you to try this year.
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During November and December you will find a number of special markets take place across the North of the Netherlands as people prepare for the holidays. Here is an overview of some of the markets this holiday season.
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Connect International’s journey began on 10 November 1998 as a merger between two other foundations, the International Club Noord Nederland (IntCNN) and Stichting Connect. The IntCNN, a social club for international managers, was founded in 1995 by five different companies in order to provide better services to the international community in the Northern Netherlands. Stichting Connect, founded in 1996, began as the brain child of a ‘trailing spouse’ who had found a lack of practical information in English about the Northern Netherlands upon her arrival and set up Connect to rectify the situation. After two years of working side by side, the two organizations merged to become Connect International.
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