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The Dutch kind of Humanitarian Aid – Bikes for Refugees! Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

What could be more Dutch to give than… fietsen? The Dutch Minister voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (Minister for Development Cooperation) Ploumen visited a refugee camp in Jordan, the Al Za’Atari camp, to be precise. Most of these are refugees from Syria, and the camp has been there for 3 years now. People start living there, rather than just searching refuge…

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A new sport: Tegenwindfietsen! Posted by on Dec 12, 2014

We kriehen sturm! That the Dutch are crazy, you probably already know. However, that they invent a totally insane new sport from one day to another might still surprise you. Last year for the first time, and yesterday for the second time, the Dutch NK Tegenwindfietsen (Dutch Championship of cycling against the wind) was held…

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Fietsen Posted by on Jul 15, 2014

They say you never forget how to ride a bike. I, like any other kid, learned to ride a fiets (bike) at a young age. I started  with a tricycle, then a regular fiets with training wheels, and, finally, one Christmas morning a big kid bike appeared under the Christmas tree. Slowly but surely, I…

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Dutch Bicycle Vocabulary Posted by on Aug 24, 2010

At some point while in the Netherlands your bicycle is going to break.  I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but it just happens.  Like the day that I had a job interview and ran over a piece of glass on Raadhuisstraat only to return to a completely flat tire.  In the…

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