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Euro 2020: How Brussels lost their spot to host the games Posted by on Jun 22, 2021

Brussels Eurostadion

With Euro 2020 being hosted all over Europe, many countries tried to find ways to get some games hosted in their country – including Belgium. The Eurostadion (Eurostadium) was supposed to be Belgium’s point of pride in the European Cup. But yeah, it was supposed to be… What happened, and how did it go from…

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Dutch Idioms 21 – Meat! Posted by on May 31, 2021

Dutch Idioms Meat

As we all know, idioms are the best. And so, it’s time to continue the series! Today, it’s all about meat. Well, sort of. You’ll see. Here’s the first one, the spreekwoord (saying). For other idioms in this series, click here. De slager keurt zijn eigen vlees Literally: The butcher inspects his own meat He marks…

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Dutch Idioms 20 – Butter and Porridge Posted by on Apr 22, 2021

Welcome to another post in our series on Dutch idioms! Today it’s time for some more food-related idioms. Here are two uitdrukkingen (expressions) that combine the body and food in some weird ways. And somehow became well-known expressions. Let’s check them out. For other idioms in this series, click here. Boter op het hoofd hebben To live…

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How 4 Words Caused a Political Crisis in the Netherlands Posted by on Apr 5, 2021

The past two weeks, the Netherlands was in de ban van (under the spell) of the ominous words “Positie Omtzigt, functie elders” (position Omtzigt, job elsewhere). Who is Omtzigt, where do these words come from and what does this all mean? Here’s how these four words caused a political crisis in the Netherlands. Who are the verkenners? Before we…

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Dutch Idioms 19 – Eggs Make It Easy Posted by on Mar 24, 2021

Dutch Idioms Little Egg Chicken Windei Wind Egg

Welcome to yet another post in our series on Dutch idioms! Today, I want to take a closer look at two pretty weird ones, and they’re both related to eggs. Without further ado, here’s the first for today: the spreekwoord (saying). For other idioms in this series, click here. Dat is een eitje! Literally: That’s a…

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