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Archive for April, 2014

What Color Is Dikkie Dik, Anyway? Posted by on Apr 27, 2014

One of the things about being in what I like to call a bicultural relationship is that you never know when those cultural differences are going to pop up. We had one such moment toward the beginning of our relationship when we happened upon a snoozing cat. He looked up as we passed, which seemed to…

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Food With Alessia: Dutch Breakfast (with video) Posted by on Apr 21, 2014

The purpose of these “Food with Alessia” posts is to demonstrate and try some Dutch foods! Together with my Italian friend Alessia, who does not know so much about Dutch food yet, I will post a video every two weeks with an accompanying post. So get ready to enjoy some very delicious minutes of Dutch…

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Easter Revolution – The Passion Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

Tonight, April 17, 2014 is, or here in the Netherlands was, a huge event. It tries to bring the people back to what currently already half of the Dutch population has forgotten or has never known. Something that had always been part of Dutch culture, no matter how divided it was. I am talking about…

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Game of Thrones and Language Development Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

I bet you have heard of Game of Thrones – the HBO Series that became so popular. I am again and again stunned by the great performance of the actors in it. And their accents. It is interesting that in certain American series all actors speak another accent, mostly the English one. That is also…

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It Doesn’t Get More Dutch Than… New York? Posted by on Apr 13, 2014

New York. So many songs have been sung about you, so many things have been written about you, so many people have traveled lengths great and small to see you. NY is so ubiquitous that it often feels like the Bible should read: “And on the eighth day, the Lord created New York.” (You need…

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April Fools!!! – But why? Posted by on Apr 1, 2014

Op 1 april verloor Alva zijn bril – with this phrase, the watergeuzen made fun of general Alva of Spain when they took his city Den Briel (therefore zijn bril) on April 1, 1572. Watergeuzen are  what you could call “Water Beggars”. “Water”, because they came by their ships in the North Sea. They basically were Dutch civilians fighting…

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