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Archive for June, 2010

Supporting Oranje in the World Cup with Beesies Posted by on Jun 29, 2010

A few weeks ago I found my preferred method of supporting the Dutch national football team.  For every 10..15? euros you purchase at the Albert Heijn you get this little thing they call a beesie.  A beestje is a tiny creature or a beasty.  Albert Heijn came up with these little fuzzy creatures and called…

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Dutch Football Songs about Oranje Posted by on Jun 28, 2010

As we all know, it is football season and oranjegekte (a strange disorder characterized by the inability to wear any color other than orange and a compulsive need to hang orange flags from every place possible) has descended on the country.  What you might not know, though probably do, is how important singing is.  If…

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Het Begijnhof Amsterdam Posted by on Jun 24, 2010

The Begijnhof in Amsterdam is the only little courtyard, once home of the begijnen, built in the Midieval times of  Amsterdam. You can enter it at the Singel, almost a meter below the rest of the city center. The Begijnhof is one of the oldest canal gardens in Amsterdam. First of all: begijnen were people…

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Het Wilhelmus: The Dutch National Anthem Posted by on Jun 23, 2010

Since I covered a little bit about immigration in my last post, now might be a good time to introduce you to the Dutch National Anthem: Het Wilhelmus.  You aren’t required to know it for any official purpose, but it wouldn’t hurt to be able to sing along during the World Cup this summer. I…

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Immigration to the Netherlands Posted by on Jun 21, 2010

There are many reasons you might want to immigrate to the Netherlands.  Whether it’s reuniting with family, starting a family, following a spouse, trying something new, or getting your education, the entire process can be very confusing.  If you’re seriously considering moving here, there are resources you will need to check out first and questions…

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Dutch Language Book Review: Taal Is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding Posted by on Jun 16, 2010

Taal Is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding, door Paulien Cornelisse Paulien Cornelisse is a Dutch cabaret comedienne and author who writes and performs about the modern use of the Dutch language.  She wrote this absolutely hilarious book, “Taal is Zeg Maar Echt Mijn Ding,” and I just have to tell you all about it. The…

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Rembrandt van Rijn Posted by on Jun 15, 2010

Earlier I talked about Van Gogh, one of the greatest painters from Dutch soil. Even though he is great, he doesn’t stand alone. Rembrandt van Rijn is one of those men whose art became just as famous. Let me tell you a little bit about this other Dutch talent. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born…

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