I was honestly terrified that as I sat down to write the third piece in this series, I would have to confess that I had failed the inburgeren examen. In fact, if you’d talked to me after I’d written the last piece I would have told you I was considering taking up residency in any country … [Read more…]
There is a widely held assumption that “inburgeren” translates into “integration.” It doesn’t. It actually means “naturalisation.” And while the concepts may seem similar, there are deep differences. The goal of integration is to bring different parts together into a whole whereas naturalisation aims to confer upon people from outside of a group the knowledge … [Read more…]
Beer brewing in the Netherlands dates back to the 9th century, though craft beer has recently experienced a considerable resurgence. Ever since Heineken won the gold medal for its pilsner at the World’s Fair in 1889, the Dutch have been known for that brewery and style, but there is much more to Dutch beer than … [Read more…]
A few weeks ago, an English-language newspaper based in Amsterdam sent out a survey request, asking internationals what they thought about making friends with the Dutch. Unsurprising, since amongst internationals living in the Netherlands, the most common complaints are the weather, the food and making friends with Dutch people. Read the rest on Delta.
You know how there’s always that kid who sits in the front of the class, always does the extra credit and is generally an annoying suck up? That was me at university. Read the rest on Dutch News.