The New and Improved “My Netherlands’..?


With the clocks going back last weekend I can quite honestly say I’ve felt a difference. My mindset feels different. I think that comes with feeling content with the way things are going at the moment. As we push on towards the end of the year I can’t help but want to look back across 2015 and start lining up my resolutions for 2016. As I’ve mentioned before I have to be careful with what I set myself as I usually complete them!

I’m thinking of updating my blog for the new year. Ashamedly my Dutch lessons really are a thing of the past and swirling around in my head I’m toying with the idea of designing my own language refresher course but I just don’t know when i’ll be picking it up this side of the new year. My blog started out as being the conduit for my lessons and my opinion on many topics surrounding The Netherlands but I can’t help but realise that there’s more to me. Hell i’m one opinionated woman! Hence the need for a revamp.

I love The Netherlands, I would be there in a heartbeat given half the chance but the reality is I’m a working woman in England who gets her Dutch second hand. So as much a I love the Dutch I’m going to be throwing in a bit more ‘normal’ stuff in the mix too. I want us to use this space to natter about real life things and normal topics. Of course my ear is firmly against the Orange Ground so all bases will be covered. I just need something for the ‘no news days’ plus I like talking to you lot!

Stick with me yes?


Day 7: Five Favourite Songs

I’m going to take a liberty now and give you my 5 Fave Dutch Songs rather than normal general songs. If you’ve not heard these before, give them a listen. They all put a smile on my face. Rather than give you five I could comfortably list 50! I’ve spoken about music many times on this blog, my favourite dutch artists, songs, personalities etc. choosing just 5 is tough.

In no particular order:

  1. Paul De Leeuw – Vogeltje Wat Zing Je Vroeg (DONT JUDGE ITS MY HAPPY SONG!)
  2. Neilson & Miss Montreal – Hoe
  3. Bløf & Neilson – Mannenharten
  4. Henk Dissel – Jij en Ik.
  5. Dotan – Home (Not in Dutch but he’s Dutch so it counts :))

Day 6: What am I afraid of…?


Its the only thing I am genuinely scared about. That and being buried alive. I’m not too keen on that happening either! I am physically petrified of spiders regardless of their size, colour, risk factor. I just hate them. Hate them. Hate them. Hate them.


Day 5: My Proudest Moment

Well I can comfortably name the two proudest moments of my entire life.In chronological order….


The day I passed my driving test. I set myself a new years resolution in 2011 to learn to drive and I did. I had 2 lessons a week for 6 months (so basically a years worth of learning) and I passed. I remember in the learning process being told that its one of the few things in life that nobody can help you to do. Theres only you who can pass the test on that day and its true. In my honest opinion you don’t start learning to drive properly until you’ve passed and you’re in that car on your own. For me it was a big thing and I wouldn’t be without my car.


The day I graduated. Yep its corny but I had a proper ‘Harry Potter’ moment in the grand hall when the orchestra started and the ceremony began. As we exited the Hall every new graduate gets to walk up the isle one last time, the music is crashing and filling the air and there is a roar of cheering and clapping from everyones proud families, i did shed a little tear! Low and behold its one of those other things that nobody can do for you. It was an amazing feeling. You only graduate for the first time once.

The Social Policy Class of 2013. I’m on the second row from the back, forth one in!

Day 4: Dream Job

Day 4 has got me stump somewhat. Dream Job. I’ve never really thought that much about it. I know that sounds silly but my university degree let me have so much flexibility that I’ve found myself in a job I would never have dreamed of doing. I love what I do (and I’d like to think I’m good at it) but I feel like my job picked me rather than me picking it. When I was a child I wanted to be a doctor but then I grew up I learnt that biology was not my strong suit and I was a tad squeamish when watching Casualty (its an English medical drama).

I’ve always enjoyed writing, at school it was in the form of short stories or scripts and now as an adult its in the form of a blog and opinion articles for online magazines alas none of which offers any form of actual income. I guess my dream job right now would be to write. About anything, for anything. Ideally I’d write about things I’m passionate about. I fancy myself as a bit of an English Carrie Bradshaw, I can write about wherever the mood takes me; although some of her topics of choice might not be suitable for my usual readers (if you get what I mean ;)). I talk on here about all things Dutch, the best way I can do this better is to be in Holland a little more regularly. I would love to be able to split my life between my friends and family here in the UK and the life I want in The Netherlands.

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So there we have it. Any Dutch-English magazine editors reading this that have an opening for an opinionated woman with a passion for rabbiting on? I’m happy to travel and more than happy to provide my argumentative commentary on the challenged of daily life.