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Archive for October, 2016

Dutch Winter Food: Balkenbrij Posted by on Oct 26, 2016

The cold has finally settled in the Netherlands and the trees are starting to turn into beautiful shades of orange, brown and red. With the change in season, comes a change in food. The first fall/winter dish I would like to write about is balkenbrij. Balkenbrij or Kroeboet as it is called in Limburg, is…

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Amsterdam ArenA – Largest Venue With Roof in Europe! Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

I visited the Amsterdam ArenA last week, and joined a guided tour. It is the stadium of the Dutch Eredivisie (“Honor Division”, the Dutch Football Premier League) club AFC Ajax. But it is more than that – much more. What? Read on… The largest stadion of the Netherlands The Amsterdam ArenA seats more than 53,000 people, making it the largest stadion (stadium) of…

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The Dutch Junction Posted by on Oct 19, 2016

It is no secret that the Dutch are cyclists. People in the Netherlands, from all ages, are able to move around freely and safely thanks to the many approaches to bike safety. One of the many cycle-friendly infrastructure improvements the Dutch have come up with is the famous “Dutch junction.” The Dutch junction is an…

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Untranslatable Dutch: Pottenkijkers Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

There are certain words that are used in a language and are impossible to translate. You can try, but it will never be a completely accurate translation that catches its meaning. Such as the Zesjescultuur post. In the Untranslatable Dutch posts, we will explore Dutch words that cannot be simply translated to English. Enjoy! Click here for…

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Dutch Ingenuity in the U.S. Elections Posted by on Oct 13, 2016

For the last couple of months, the Netherlands has been closely watching the presidential campaigns in the United States. While everyone has their own political opinions about the elections, the presidential election is a tense time for the country. That being said, the campaign trail has also inspired people’s creativity. After the first debate, Sten…

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Untranslatable Dutch Words: de Zesjescultuur Posted by on Oct 12, 2016

Zesjescultuur. Literally “little sixes culture”. What in the world is that? Do little sixes live in the Netherlands? Is there some tribe called “Six”? No, no, no, it all has to do with a hotly debated topic in Dutch politics and schools. Click here for more untranslatable words The Dutch grading system Dutch schools grade…

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Sailing in Friesland Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

One of the coolest experiences I had this year was a sailing trip in Friesland. We drove from Maastricht to Leeuwarden so we could board our recently renovated zeilboot and sail towards the Waddenzee via the canals. Before sailing away, our schipper gave us a few safety instructions. Anytime he asked us to do something, we…

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