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Zwarte Piet debate

Can I be a good mother and still accept Zwarte Piet?

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If children survived the loss of golliwog figures, how about Zwarte Piet? Expat Ellen Duckenfield discusses if she can still be a good mother and accept her child's love of Zwarte Piet.

Zwarte Piet racist

Africanah Girl: Is Sinterklaas and 'Zwarte Piet' racist or tradition?

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Much controversy has surrounded the blackface 'Zwarte Piet' helpers who arrive with Sinterklaas in Europe each year. Africanah Girl shares her side of the Zwarte Piet debate.

Halloween All Saints Day

The truth about Halloween you didn't know

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Have candy, costumes and commercialisation distracted us from the true meaning of Halloween? Here are some Halloween facts you should know before putting on your Halloween costume.

The secret to perfect Belgian fries

The secret to perfect Belgian fries

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Kimberley Lovato interviews the self-proclaimed 'Missionary of the Belgian Fries' and uncovers the sacred rituals of Belgian frites.

The truth about 'French' fries: They're Belgian, you know

The truth about 'French' fries: They're Belgian, you know

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French fries have nothing to do with France – as many Belgians will attest – so why we do mistakenly refer to them as 'French fries'? Where did French fries come from?

The 10 funniest Dutch idioms – and what they really mean

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If your dinner guest tells you an 'angel peed on their tongue', you should take it as a Dutch compliment not an insult.

The Unexpected Traveller: Driving quirks in Belgium

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Driving in a foreign country is a tricky road to travel. Master the Belgian roads by learning to drive like a local with these five quirky tips for driving in Belgium.

23 signs you’re a serial expat

23 signs you’ve turned into a 'serial expat'

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Several years later and you're still on the move abroad... are you addicted to expat life? If these telltale signs are true, it's time to admit you're a serial expat.

French gift ideas

15 fabulous French-inspired gift ideas you can buy online

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Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.

Live abroad

The effects – good and bad – of living abroad

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The expat lifestyle can be challenging on international families – but is that good or bad? Read why everyone should consider moving their family abroad.

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

Home exchange: Holiday heaven... or hell?

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Home-exchange sites have been increasing in popularity, drawing people keen to taste life in another part of the world but not so keen to pay high hotel prices.

Romantic words

101 cute, romantic and obscure French terms of endearment

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What's the French word for love? When it comes to cute and romantic French terms of endearment, the French get pretty obscure – and a bit raunchy.

Move abroad with children

Geneva family diaries: Understanding coping mechanisms of expat kids

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The way children cope with moving abroad can range from anger and tantrums to silence or tears – but it's important not to not mislabel these emotions, says coach Tammy Furey.

Tips for the male accompanying spouse

What to do when you're the male trailing spouse

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Do you have your 'elevator speech' ready for the dreaded question: 'What do you do?'

Learn a language

The easiest and cheapest languages to learn

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Learning a foreign language? Dutch, French, Spanish, German and Italian are the quickest languages to learn – but also among the most expensive per hour.



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