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Baarle – One of the strangest municipalities on Earth Posted by on Jul 8, 2019

If you dare to look closely at the map of Belgium, you find something weird: There is a little small bit in the north of the country that is surrounded by Dutch land, with no territory connecting it to Belgium! And it gets even more complicated… How did this exclave (or, enclave for the Netherlands)…

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The Dutch Women’s Soccer Team 2019 Posted by on Jul 2, 2019

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is wrapping up and the Dutch team has shown incredible strength and determination advancing to the semi-finals. Below are some fun facts about the Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal! International Tournaments The Nederlands vrouwenvoetbalelftal played their first international FIFA-related event in 1971. In 2015, they finished 13th place, which makes this year’s world cup…

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Curious Words in Dutch 3: Bellen Posted by on Jul 1, 2019

There are many strange words in a language. Words that are just not used much, words that are pronounced in a weird way… Just words that have something curious about them! And those are the ones we look at in this series. Today, we look at bellen. Previous posts in this series: Curious Words In…

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Maarten van der Weijden Swam 3 Days Straight For Cancer Research Posted by on Jun 27, 2019

Friday, June 21, 2019, 5:30 pm. Maarten van der Weijden jumps into water in Leeuwarden. With a steady borstcrawl (front crawl), he makes it in the evening to Sneek, the first stop of the eleven cities he is going to get to. Wait, eleven cities? What was this guy up to? Let’s find out. Swimming the…

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This Plan Is Fighting The Heat In The Netherlands Posted by on Jun 25, 2019

The past few days, The Netherlands have seen incredibly high temperatures, reaching almost 40°C (100°F)! Today, it was the hottest June 25 ever recorded in the country. Bridges were kept cool with water for the fear of their metal parts expanding and the bridges no longer opening. The Heat Is On This week is seeing…

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Caterpillar Infestation in the Netherlands Posted by on Jun 19, 2019

I came across a very peculiar news article titled “Gezin ontvlucht huis voor processierups: ‘Mijn zoontje schreeuwde het uit van pijn‘” and I was surprised! I would have never imagined that caterpillars would cause so much damage that a family would feel it necessary to flee! Eikenprocessierupsen I must admit that I had never heard of…

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Dutch Word of the Month June: Verjaardag Posted by on Jun 17, 2019

In this blog series, we choose a Dutch word of the monthit deeWe may tie the word to current events, or just choose one as we see fit. If you have nominations for Word of the Month, please leave them in the comments, and we will consider them. The Word of the Month of June…

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