How to Survive Amsterdam ‘Service’?

So, the weather is absolutely awesome and you think getting out there to meet up with friends for a (special) beer is a good plan. It is. Once you know how to survive the Amsterdam level of ‘service’. Don’t expect your Dutch waiter or waitress will instantly fall in love with you. No, just no….
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Amsterdam Beer Culture: ‘Ontdek de Bieren’

You might have checked out one of the many, many Dutch breweries during the Nederlandse Brouwerijdagen this weekend. 🙂 If not, there is still a chance to do so tomorrow! Slowly the Dutch beer culture is making a revival: more and more small breweries have been entering the Dutch market with their special beers (=…
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How to Become a Volunteer in Amsterdam?

If you are living in our lovely capital, you might feel the need to contribute in some kind of way to our society, to ‘give back’. Volunteering can be very satisfying way to do so – and – get you even more connected to the Dutch society. But where to look for a volunteering gig?…
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Street Hierarchy: Who Rules the Streets of Amsterdam?

To survive in Amsterdam, you need to have thorough knowledge about the ‘rules of the streets’. Traffic can be quite complicated for newbies, especially with the complicating factor of one million bikes and only a handfull of small streets. So, how do we do this? Here’s a short guide about our street hierarchy. 1. Tram…
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7 Bike Related Excuses You Can Use When You Are Too Late

So, today might be rough to start, after a nice weekend in Amsterdam, visiting the Rollende Keukens or the Coffee Festival and drinking just – a tad – too much. Getting up can be hard, and getting in office in time might not be the easiest thing on Monday. Thankfully, we, Dutchies, have got tons…
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Great Deal: Visit Ameland & Book a Hotel for just 25 euro per person

Have your ever been to one of the Dutch Islands? If not, you should seize this great and cheap opportunity to go there and visit Ameland! The Netherlands are being ‘topped’ by the waddeneilanden; special ‘sandplates’ that form a couple of islands and lots of wadden in the Waddenzee. This part of our country is…
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Nijntje Art Parade ~ Celebrating 60 Years of Miffy

The first book about Miffy was published 60 years ago, in 1955. Dick Bruna told his oldest son a story about a bunny hopping around the garden of their holiday home. He draw a picture of this bunny and this is how he created ‘Nijntje’. Soon the drawings and stories of Nijntje became famous around…
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How to Survive Dutch Public Transport?

If you want to travel the Netherlands – without using a bike or car – you will get acqainted with our great public transport system. 🙂 If you want to get along with the Dutch, please NEVER ever tell us how great our system is. The NS (Dutch Railways) are our national scapegoat. Your life…
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Celebrate Easter Dutch Style: Buy or Make a Paasbrood

During Easter we ‘celebrate’ the resurrection of Jesus, whose crucifixion we’re remembering today (goede vrijdag). The Dutch celebrate Easter with an Easter brunch: a big table of bread, eggs, sandwich spreads (including meat and cheese) and last but not least, the Paasbrood, will be shared with the whole family. Paasbrood is a sweet bread, filled…
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Get Your Patat Delivered at Home

One of the great perks of living in the Netherlands, is the great Dutch cuisine! There is no other country – besides Belgium – where you can get great fries (patat) & kroketten on every corner. Unfortunately is it not a tradition to bring this excellent food to your home (for reasons we do not…
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