New Year's Eve in the Netherlands A Time For Heroes Meet Jan-Willem. He works for a Dutch bank in the blue suit capital of the world, Amsterdam Zuidas. He's a lovely chap. He's good to animals, gives money to charity, goes on dates with expat ladies and never sends a Tikkie. He even thinks that it's ok to change the appearance of Zwarte Piet so that all kids can enjoy … [Read more...] about How To Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands Like A Superhero
Duindorp burning In case you've never heard of Duindorp, it's a new town in the Hague. It's full of social housing that was built for the families of fishermen in the 1930s. It's known as a 'witte enclave' where the only black residents tend to be of a 'been down a chimney and now have an afro and bright red lips' type. Geert Wilders PVV tend to do very well in local elections … [Read more...] about Duindorp Burning
Dutch recycling, get the most out of your tea bag Who doesn’t like tea? Well, ok. A lot of people. But that’s not the point. My grandmother had hers in a specific manner: as black as possible then diluted with an insane amount of (warm) milk. The Japanese even have tea ceremonies that include certain rituals. And I wouldn’t dare say anything about the British and their tea … [Read more...] about Dutch Recycling: Tea bag niet weggooien, is echt zonde hoor!
Sinterklaas versus Father Christmas a SWOT Analysis It's that wonderful time of year in the Netherlands when football hooligans and neo-nazis attack people who protest against Zwarte Piet. Yes, it's the Sinterklaas season. Meanwhile, in large parts of the western world, the countdown to Christmas is about to begin. With this in mind, it's a good time to put the lead … [Read more...] about Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus a SWOT Analysis
The Dutch Burka ban The Dutch Burka ban law makes wearing face-covering clothing in the Netherlands illegal. It went into effect on August 1st 2019. How are you all feeling? Much safer I hope. After all, between 150 to 400 women in a country of 17 million people are believed to wear Burkas. Terrifying! Many a time I've laid awake at night shivering after encountering two women … [Read more...] about The Dutch Burka Ban Law