“Nee, ik spreek geen Engels.”

This happens all to often… I come across someone with whom I need to converse and so I politely ask “Pardon mevrouw/meneer, Spreekt u Engels?” //Translates to: “Excuse me, ma’am/mister, Do you speak English?”// to which the answer is usually either “Een beetje”//Translates to: “A little”//, “natuurlijk” //Translates to: “Of course”// or “Nay” //Translates to: “No”//, followed by a persistence to … Continue reading

The Sounds of War.

///Start of  Transmision/// At around 1000 hrs this morning the war started… Since then the sound of mortars and gun fire has been near constant, as yet it is showing no signs of waning. Who or what they are fighting remains unclear. The media are ignoring the battle that is raging outside as if it isn’t happening… … Continue reading

Winter holidays in the Netherlands… Zwarte Pieten Stijl?

Since moving here I have come across the strangeness that is known as Zwarte Piete. Now I’m not saying that I disapprove, I assume that they date back far further than any contact with Non-Caucasians was made. But even so, they are very creepy! and perhaps a touch racially insensitive given how multi cultural the world is these days. … Continue reading

An unexpected visit.

So I ‘d never met out landlord before and to be honest never really expected too either. Yet yesterday while I was washing the dishes there was a ring at the door, but since I wasn’t expecting anyone I ignored it thinking that it was just another salesman. But the person was persistent and kept … Continue reading

The game of Red Tape Limbo

If you want to find out how to register correctly and efficiently don’t call the IND or your municipality they don’t seem to know what’s going on, even though it’s their system! So here’s what I did, in an effort to find out if we’re allowed to work before Mid-December, I called the Tax office (belastingdienst … Continue reading

Transport & Route Planning (9292.nl)

Th thing about coming to the Netherlands from London (not necessarily the rest of the UK, but certainly from London), is the fact that all Londoners (or anyone living in London for anything longer than a week for that matter) with an internet connection become so used to using tfl.gov.uk that they forget how to do things manually with timetables and maps. You see tfl.gov.uk, … Continue reading

The things you forget to ask and the things people forget to tell you.

So yesterday, I went to do the trash. – shocking I know 2 weeks in and still not taken the rubbish out. And I realised, I have no idea where to take the bags, I’d forgotten to ask the landlord when we moved in and now we’ve been here for 2 week and I don’t want to look … Continue reading

Looking for a Job…

Okay, so contrary to popular belief looking for a job after you’ve arrived is easy… Getting that job however is hard. Some people just don’t seem to want to fill the role that they are trying to fill. I recently applied for an internship that by all accounts was possibly one of the best internships going … Continue reading

The problem with not speaking dutch…

Today was heartbreaking. While paying for my shopping I was approached by a small child, he must have been only 6. I have no idea where his parents were, but he made a heartfelt plea for something, he looked so sweet. For all I know he could’ve been asking for an apple, a biscuit, or simply … Continue reading

Invading Holland » Warning Signs That You Are Becoming Dutch

If you’re reading my Blog, you’re probably already a fan of Invader Stu as well, in which case I perhaps don’t need to share this, but I will anyway. Invading Holland » Warning Signs That You Are Becoming Dutch. The truth is I have to share this, it’s not really a choice thing, there is of course … Continue reading

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