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Words of Shock and Surprise in Dutch! Posted by on Feb 27, 2019

English speakers tend to express shock and surprise with phrases such as Oh my God! or WOW! And while it is perfectly okay to use these in Dutch (because the trend with native Dutch speakers is to add some English words here and there), there are perfectly good words and phrases in Dutch you can…

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Peculiarities of Driving in the Netherlands Posted by on Apr 11, 2018

Driving in the Netherlands is certainly an experience. Having driven both in Mexico and the U.S., I never found the signs to be too different. In the Netherlands, I had a completely different experience. Here are 4 driving experiences that have caught my attention. Kijkersfile You are on the snelweg driving at 130 kph (about…

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Book Review: Amsterdam Posted by on Jan 12, 2017

The latest Dutch-related read is Russell Shorto’s Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City which was first published in 2013. Shorto is an American writer who lived in Amsterdam for a few years and from what I can gather from the book, loved the city! According to his website, his writing is focused on narrative history…

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100 years of Schiphol Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

For many of us, Schiphol has been the first piece of the Netherlands that we encountered. The vast size of the airport is felt on the long walk from the plane to the exit gates each time you fly into Schiphol. This year, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol celebrates its 100 years of existence as the gateway of…

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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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Book Review: In the City of Bikes by Jordan Posted by on Sep 29, 2016

There is a section at the gift shop of the Rijksmuseum that has books about the Netherlands in different languages (mostly English and French). Every time I am in the neighborhood, I check the selection and purchase one or two books. On one of those trips, I purchased In the City of Bikes: The Story of the…

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Remembrance and Liberation Day 2016 Posted by on May 4, 2016

May 4th and 5th mark a very important time in Dutch history. May 4th is Dodenherdenking or remembrance of the dead when the thousands who died during World War II and the Nazi invasion in the Netherlands are remembered. Since 1961, the day also commemorates those who died in other military conflicts. There are several ceremonies throughout…

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