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The expat community in Amstelveen


Amstelveen is often overlooked as Amsterdam’s more suburban neighbour; yet in addition to its easy access to the buzz of Amsterdam, there’s much to be said about the expat community of this liveable city, including international schools and social clubs.

Insider's Guide to Amsterdam

Insider’s Guide to Amsterdam

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Looking to avoid the tourist traps in Amsterdam and experience the city like an insider? Find the roads less travelled with our local’s guide to Amsterdam.

Poetry Review: Lydia Unsworth's Certain Manoeuvres

Poetry Review: Lydia Unsworth’s Certain Manoeuvres


Early in her essay collection, 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost,' Rebecca Solnit invokes the motif of 'terra incognita,' that blank unexplored space at the edge of things. Solnit tells us that, "not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the 'terra incognita'...lies a life...

Is Amsterdam safe to visit or live

Is Amsterdam safe?


Is Amsterdam safe to live or visit alone? An expat insider explains how safe Amsterdam is at night and in the red light district, plus areas to avoid and types of crime tourists should watch out for.

Crooked house Amsterdam

The history of crooked Amsterdam houses – are they safe?

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How safe are Amsterdam's crooked houses? Take a look at the history behind the development of Amsterdam's narrow houses and theories on why they tilt today - which is what you should avoid if you live in one.

Book review: Ellen Keith’s The Dutch Wife


Erin Russell reviews Ellen Keith’s remarkable debut novel, 'The Dutch Wife,' which has been recently translated into Dutch.

How to say ‘cheers’ in 50 other languages


When you can say cheers in other languages, you'll quickly make friends no matter where you go. Here's how to say cheers in 50 other languages.

Dating the Dutch

Africanah Girl: 10 reasons to date or marry a Dutch man


Forget what you've read in cyberspace about Dutch men being uncool, unromantic or underdressed; Caroline outlines 10 reasons why Dutch guys are worth it.

Dating the Dutch

10 tips for dating Dutch women and Dutch men


You may have heard that Dutch women are the most beautiful in the world or that Dutch men are boring. We look behind the Dutch dating rumours on Dutch women and Dutch men.

History of Valentine's Day

The tragic, unromantic history of Valentine’s Day


The true meaning of Valentine's Day takes a different light when you learn the history of Valentine's Day. Who was St Valentine anyhow? Here we look at Valentine's Day around the world.

winter in the Netherlands

The Dutch winter survival kit every expat needs


A love of pea soup, a potato masher, hot chocolate and eternal hope is a good start to assembling your Dutch winter survival kit.

Cool Dutch words

10 cool Dutch words that have no English translation


Dutch isn't the most widely spoken language, but these cool Dutch words are worth learning for those moments that no English word can express.

Dutch proverbs

Dutch proverbs: How the Dutch express themselves

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The Dutch express themselves in sometimes baffling, but commonly used, ways. Expat blogger Dutched Pinay comes to grips with a selection of Dutch proverbs.

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions only expats will understand


As an expat New Year's resolutions are more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.


Who's that with Santa? An introduction to Black Peter


St Nicholas (Sinterklaas) and his helper Black Peter (Zwarte Piet or Père Fouettard) are the source of some controversy – who's that Black Piet giving out the gifts at Christmas time?

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