Saturday 11 July 2020

Longer articles about living in the Netherlands, Dutch society, culture and travel plus third party content from our partners

DJ Martin Garrix and rapper Snelle pick up MTV Europe prizes

DJ Martin Garrix and rapper Snelle pick up MTV Europe prizes

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix and rapper Snelle have picked up prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Seville. Garrix won the Best Electronic category ahead of Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake and Marshmello, while Snelle was named Best Worldwide Act. The 23-year-old Garrix, who was recently knocked off the top of DJ Mag’s Top 100 list after three years by Belgian duo Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, was not in Seville to collect his award in person, but... More >


Blogwatching: Lessons – Five mini tales of taal

Blogwatching: Lessons – Five mini tales of taal

Rebekah was born in Ireland, grew up in England and met her Cornish husband in Catalonia. They now live in the Netherlands, in Dutch suburbia, with their two differently wired, small kids. She spends her days parenting, writing and being amazed at all the Dutchness around her. She writes at Write Now Rebekah. Five mini tales of taal One I’m in Dutch evening class, trying to write a short story with another student. We’re so drained from our day, that between... More >


Nr 1 tourist attraction? Sex work exhibition in Amsterdam Museum

Nr 1 tourist attraction? Sex work exhibition in Amsterdam Museum

On one side of the room are images of happy hookers – red light district souvenirs like a miniature house of sex workers, or a condiments dish where a woman’s giant breasts figure as salt and pepper. On the other are 17 videos of re-enacted interviews with sex workers, telling darker stories of the legalised trade in Amsterdam, and other tales from across the world. Above them hang 60 masks, self-portraits by sex workers, some of whom are illiterate or... More >


The deadliest woman in the Netherlands: Goeie Mie

The deadliest woman in the Netherlands: Goeie Mie

Maria Swanenburg is arguably the most prolific female serial killer of all time, so why isn’t she world famous? Here’s a look at a fearsome former Leidener, and a group of modern day residents who are keeping her macabre legend alive. How many people did Maria ‘Goeie Mie’ Swanenburg kill in Leiden during her murder spree in the 19th century? Teacher and author Stefan Glasbergen believes he found the answer while he was working on a new biography about her.... More >


Lots of English theatre, and Audrey Hepburn: 15 great things to do in November

Lots of English theatre, and Audrey Hepburn: 15 great things to do in November

There is plenty of English language theatre on offer this autumn, as well as great art and great debate. Get close to Audrey In 2016 the Nieuwe Kerk celebrated Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday by having a half-filled pot of face cream and some hair in a curler on show. This year Audrey Hepburn would have been 90, and the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam presents Intimate Audrey, an altogether more respectful affair. Put together by her son Sean Hepburn Ferrer,... More >


ML6: the machine learning company that helps company data unlock success

ML6: the machine learning company that helps company data unlock success

ML6 might sound like a spy agency but it does not want to be a secret service – this young, Dutch business wants to blow open the mysteries of machine learning and show companies within multiple industries how data can solve their challenges. From allowing financial services to detect fraudulent transactions to improving cancer diagnosis, ML6’s self-learning solutions aim to help leading businesses and give them the competitive edge they need. ‘We help companies that struggle with unlocking their data... More >


Blair Witch and a Brexit brunch at Leiden’s no-theme international film festival

Blair Witch and a Brexit brunch at Leiden’s no-theme international film festival

The Leiden International Film Festival takes place every autumn. Since its launch in 2006, it’s turned into one of the most diverse and popular movie events in the country. Here’s a rundown on its history and what you can expect at this year’s edition. It seemed like a great way to promote the festival. Women could leave their boyfriends and husbands in a tent where their male counterparts could eat cheeseburgers and watch action movies while they were running errands... More >


The IamExpat Fair returns to The Hague – and it’s bigger than ever

The IamExpat Fair returns to The Hague – and it’s bigger than ever

For the fourth year in a row, the IamExpat Fair will take place this autumn at the iconic Grote Kerk in the centre of The Hague. With more exhibitors than ever before, this year’s fair on November 9 will be the most comprehensive yet hosted in The Hague. Bringing together local businesses, service providers and thousands of expats from all over the world, this event is an exciting opportunity for internationals in the Netherlands to find everything they need, in... More >


Sing it loud! House buyers join music lovers in choosing Rotterdam

Sing it loud! House buyers join music lovers in choosing Rotterdam

Rotterdam will be in the global spotlights when some 180 million viewers turn on next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. But according to housing experts, Rotterdam isn’t only attracting lovers of this spectacle of vocal rivalry between far-flung countries. Europe’s largest port city is a magnet to 635,000 inhabitants from 174 countries, including savvy modern house buyers. ‘It is a huge city with huge potential,’ says Richardo Cruz Fortes, a mortgage adviser from Expat Mortgages. ‘I strongly believe that if you purchase and... More >


Bells at Dutch war memorial in Arlington to fall silent for restoration

Bells at Dutch war memorial in Arlington to fall silent for restoration

The Netherlands Carillon memorial at Arlington war cemetery in the US is to fall silent for a year while the bells are sent home to be restored. The monument with its 50 bells was given to the United States by the Dutch government in 1954 in recognition of the Americans’ role in the Second World War. However, the steel tower has been closed to the public since 2016 because the structure is rusting. The US National Park Service has made... More >


ANW, WAO-WIA, heffings and kortings: Here’s how to decipher your Dutch pay slip

ANW, WAO-WIA, heffings and kortings: Here’s how to decipher your Dutch pay slip

So you’ve been told your salary will be €4,500 a month but when you look at your bank account, you see an amount that is way, way lower than that. Here’s how to decipher your salarisstrook or pay slip. Every employee in the Netherlands receives a pay slip each month – nowadays usually by email. Most of us only check the net amount, but the document contains a lot of other figures, percentages and weird acronyms as well. Here’s a... More >


Sidewalk or stoop? Has your English evolved into Expat Speak?

Sidewalk or stoop? Has your English evolved into Expat Speak?

Have you found yourself talking in ‘expat speak’? Linguistic theory suggests that there is an important place for it. A few years ago, via a mutual friend, I was reunited with a fellow English expat also living in the Netherlands. After a series of underwhelming exchanges, I became impatient with his slow, over-enunciated speech, now tinged with a North-American twang that was at odds with his British upbringing. A rising inflection with every sentence, apparently seeking confirmation, made me wonder... More >


28 Days at Africa’s most luxurious rehab can change your life forever

28 Days at Africa’s most luxurious rehab can change your life forever

If you are burned-out or battling with addictions, you can find help at one of the most beautiful places on the planet. White River Manor is an exclusive addiction treatment centre in South Africa, located in the picturesque town of White River in Mpumalanga Province offering modern luxury addiction and wellness treatment at a fraction of the international cost. Founded in 2015, White River Manor has established itself as a leading facility for those seeking discreet intervention for addiction and... More >


‘Colours of the World’ on display at next year’s Keukenhof flower show

‘Colours of the World’ on display at next year’s Keukenhof flower show

The Keukenhof bulb park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands and work is now beginning on getting ready for next year’s flowering season. If you have any tulip bulbs that need planting, now is the time to do it. With summer officially over, the planting season has begun. This means the gardeners of the Keukenhof Botanical Garden have been hard at work setting up the flower display for next spring. The centre piece of the... More >


Workshops and fun galore at the ‘I am not a Tourist fair’ in Amsterdam

Workshops and fun galore at the ‘I am not a Tourist fair’ in Amsterdam

There are dozens of presentations and engaging workshops at the I am not a tourist Expat Fair 2019 in Amsterdam on Sunday. Check out some of the events on offer. This year the I am not a tourist Expat Fair in Amsterdam includes a wide variety of workshops and presentations, all geared towards making your transition to life in the Netherlands easier. More than 40 professionals will introduce you to everything you need to know about their area of expertise:... More >


How to get divorced in the Netherlands: here’s what you need to know

How to get divorced in the Netherlands: here’s what you need to know

The world is global, and so are today’s marriages. When it comes to getting divorced this can make it complicated. But even if you are not Dutch and if you got married in another country, you may be able to divorce here. Here’s what you need to know. If you want to get divorced, and you live in the Netherlands, you need to: 1 – Confirm if you can get divorced in the Netherlands 2 – Get a lawyer. You... More >


Jan Lul, Jan Modaal and Pietje Precies – just who are these people?

Jan Lul, Jan Modaal and Pietje Precies – just who are these people?

The English language has a Hooray Henry and a Johnny come lately but Dutch also hitches – usually pejorative – epithets to otherwise innocuous first names. Some suffer more than others. Here’s a few samples. Jan Hen: a henpecked man. Jan Lul: Literally, Jan Dick, also known as Jan met de korte achternaam (Jan with the short last name) for the euphemistically inclined. You are usually made to look like one, i.e. ridiculous. Jan Doedel: a clumsy person. Jan Modaal:... More >


Art, theatre and how to spend your money: 11 great things to do in October

Art, theatre and how to spend your money: 11 great things to do in October

Serious art, serious spending on art and art to keep you amused at the seaside are among the offerings in October. Find out what do do with your dosh The John Adams Institute in Amsterdam is hosting American author of the book The Purpose of Capital Jed Emerson to discuss ‘impact investing’ i.e. getting your money’s worth but in a nice way. He is billed as outspoken en ‘sometimes cantankerous’ so that should be fun. October 1. Website Come to... More >


Why Leiden might be the best location for buying a new home

Why Leiden might be the best location for buying a new home

White rolls and herring – they are more than just another quick Dutch meal in Leiden. Every year on the 3rd October, everyone who signs up is entitled to this free fish dinner to celebrate the city’s liberation from a Spanish siege in 1574. Leiden’s sense of community is on full display every October, with a day off for feasting on fish and local stamppot, beer, and partying. This neighbourly spirit, as well as charming old buildings, quiet canals and... More >


Highly-skilled, happy and at home – Indian expats share their experiences

Highly-skilled, happy and at home – Indian expats share their experiences

Plugging a knowledge gap in the Dutch workforce, Indian migrants make up one of the fastest-growing expat groups in the Netherlands. So how does this new community experience the Netherlands and its changing cultural landscape? In October 2009, a giant tent went up in the centre of Amstelveen for the town’s first Diwali festival. Inside, the group of organisers – a mix of council officials and Indian residents – turned to each other nervously. Would the 900-person tent dwarf the... More >