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Another Weird Island In Dutch Waters – Forteiland Pampus Posted by on Mar 26, 2016

Another weird island in Dutch waters! Previously, I talked about the weird “eye” in the IJsselmeer, the IJsseloog. Now, I have discovered that there is another such a weird island in the Netherlands! It is a weird oval, in the middle of the IJmeer, with a weird grey oval on top of it…  Who made this island…

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Shopping in Amsterdam (pt. 2) Posted by on Dec 25, 2015

Earlier this week, I introduced you to the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. Today, we continue with the 9 Straatjes and the P.C. Hooftstraat! Enjoy! The 9 Straatjes De 9 Straatjes. Since the 90s, an essential part of the Amsterdam shopping experience. The “9 little streets”, as 9 straatjes translates, house smaller, special shops, which complement the more mainstream, bigger…

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4 Amsterdam Shopping Areas You Have To Visit (pt. 1) Posted by on Dec 23, 2015

For Part 2, click here. It is Kersttijd (Christmas time), and that means het is tijd om te winkelen! (it is shopping time!). If you happen to visit the Amsterdam so shortly before the kerstdagen (Christmas Days), you want to know where to go for the best shops! You are in the right place, as Amsterdam has some great shopping…

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6 things you need to know about Schiphol airport Posted by on Aug 23, 2015

It was travel time again for me – and I left from Schiphol, the largest luchthaven (airport) of the Netherlands. With almost 55 million passengers only last year, it is the fourth busiest luchthavens of Europe – quite impressive for a small country like the Netherlands! Here are 6 things you should definitely know the…

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Showing Pride and Solidariteit at the Amsterdam Canal Parade Posted by on Aug 6, 2015

This weekend was the climax of the famous Amsterdam Gay Pride, the festival in celebration of LGBT culture and equality in one of the most tolerant and gay-friendly countries in the world. As Karoly pointed out last month in her post ‘Love Wins!‘, the Netherlands has long been a forerunner in the LGBT rights movement, so…

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Back to basics: Giving Directions Posted by on Mar 2, 2015

Lately, I feel like the more I advance with Dutch, the more I forget the basic things I learned right at the beginning. Perhaps these are the words and situations we encounter less, perhaps its a normal part of the language acquisition (the same happened with Italian). It is because of this that I decided…

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Tolerance in the Netherlands? Posted by on Oct 29, 2014

Since I moved to the Netherlands, I have been reading and researching about the country. I am impressed by the stories of surviving the hunger winter during World War II, of the stories from immigrants from very different parts of the world that come to the Netherlands to work hard, of the general feel of…

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