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Archive for December, 2014

Vrolijk Kerstmis! Posted by on Dec 29, 2014

Right after Sinterklaas left, a spirit of Christmas could be seen everywhere. Houses, stores and government offices displayed the Christmas spirit with trees, bows, lights and Christmas songs. The shops around town enjoyed a higher number of shoppers as the Dutch purchased presents for family and loved ones. Kerstmarkten in some cities allowed for drinking…

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And the Winner is… Scrooge McDuck? Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Last month I wrote about the Van Dale “Word of the Year” contest. The winners have been announced and we can proceed to start using these nifty new words. Word of 2014: dagobertducktaks This was my number 1 choice and I am glad it won. Dagobertducktaks makes reference to Scrooge McDuck and it means a…

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Buying a House Part 2 Posted by on Dec 15, 2014

Part 1 of this series dealt with my personal search for a house in the Netherlands. After many visits and discussions and plans, Riccardo and I selected a house we liked, in a town we liked and in the neighborhood where he grew up. It is a beautiful house with enough space for a family,…

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A new sport: Tegenwindfietsen! Posted by on Dec 12, 2014

We kriehen sturm! That the Dutch are crazy, you probably already know. However, that they invent a totally insane new sport from one day to another might still surprise you. Last year for the first time, and yesterday for the second time, the Dutch NK Tegenwindfietsen (Dutch Championship of cycling against the wind) was held.…

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Eindhoven: Design City Posted by on Dec 2, 2014

Last Friday I was looking for a kunst or art activity to do, and I ended up taking the train to Eindhoven. I had only passed by Eindhoven, either via de snelweg or the centraal station, but I had never really been in Eindhoven. It seems so silly that I had not gone considering that…

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