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Spreekwoorden en Uitdrukkingen (Sayings and Expressions) 16 – Sunshine! Posted by on Oct 29, 2020

The last time we looked at spreekwoorden (sayings) and uitdrukkingen (expressions), it was May. The zomer (summer) had just started, and we talked about the nice weather. However, you can also have too much sun… At least that’s what our spreekwoord suggests. Sunshine is still awesome, though, as our uitdrukking argues! Let’s take a look at them, starting with the spreekwoord! For other sayings and expressions…

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Mushroom Season in the Netherlands Posted by on Nov 6, 2019

Fall is here and we can enjoy the season of mushroom picking or plukken. I have spotted different kinds in parks, fields and in the forest. Yesterday while I was walking my dog Lisa, I found this beautiful fairytale-like mushroom. Perhaps a kaboutertje or gnome was hiding in there! In Dutch, mushrooms are customarily called paddenstoelen or champignon like…

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A Beach Celebrates Itself: Scheveningen is 200 years old! Posted by on Aug 6, 2018

Something special is going on this zomer (summer): It is ongelooflijk heet (incredibly hot)! So everybody wants just one, simple thing: Afkoeling! (cooling down!). The Dutch search it in the cool water of the Noordzee (North Sea), and many at the strand van Scheveningen (beach of Scheveningen). Apart from the heat, something else is special: The Scheveningen beach turned 200 years old in 2018! Sinds 1818…

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Dutch Summers are For Grilling Posted by on Jul 11, 2018

The Netherlands-Belgium area has been experiencing a hittegolf or heatwave bringing temperatures to around 28 degrees Celcius which is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Each weekend, grocery stores and slagerijen are sold out (or almost) of all the delicious meats for barbecueën or grilling as well as sides and bread. Because grilling can vary a lot per country, I compiled…

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Dutch Gardens Part 2- Fruits, Veggies and Herbs Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

On my previous post, I wrote about basic components of a Dutch garden. These included a seating area, flowers, a moestuin and a covered area to protect from the sun and rain. On this post, I would like to expand more on the moestuin. The moestuin is the healthiest and most fruitful part of the garden. If you…

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Dutch Gardens Part 1- Basics Posted by on Jul 6, 2016

When I lived in Texas, everyone I knew had very big back yards (everything is bigger and better in Texas, right?). My back yard was mostly grass with some bushes and small trees here and there. From what I remember when I would travel outside of Texas, the back yard with mostly grass seemed to…

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Dutch Beaches and the North Sea Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

My mom came to visit and we did our fare share of traveling within the Netherlands, Belgium and a tiny bit of Germany. I was glad that my mom was able to have a true Dutch experience in regards to weather…it was unpredictable and ever changing! She arrived with wind, rain and cold temperatures and…

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