Turning Dutch

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Turning Dutch
This blog is my tale of mothering abroad, about the ups and downs of parenting in a foreign country.
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  • Goodbye Britain - Talking to the Brits who packed their bags...and left 5 days ago Between March and August 2020, Tom Beck spent hours and hours and hours (you get the picture) on the telephone talking to Brits spread across the globe. The only thing these Brits has in common was that they had said Goodbye to Britain and made a (temporary or permanent) home abroad. From chasing...
  • COVID Infections in Dutch Schools 2 weeks ago How is it going in terms of COVID infections in schools here in the Netherlands? Secondary schools reopened here in the Netherlands at the beginning of March. In general terms, we are firmly in the claws of a third COVID-19 wave, with infections rising rapidly, as predicted back in February by the...
  • 3 Experiences to Help You Survive Lockdown 2 months ago We’re still in lockdown. But you know that. Museums, leisure facilities, sport schools – all still closed. And we’re are going to be stuck in lockdown for a while longer. Not going out and experiencing new things is probably getting to some most of you. It’s getting to me and my family, I...
  • We're Reopening Dutch Primary Schools: Discuss 3 months ago Primary schools in the Netherlands are allowed to reopen on the 8th of February. Under certain conditions. Secondary schools will continue teaching online until at least the 1st of March. According to the Outbreak Management Team (OMT), reopening Dutch primary schools and creches is a risk that...
  • Travel with Pencils! to Amsterdam and Barcelona 5 months ago The illustrated books in the Travel with Pencils! colouring book series are so much more than colouring books. Travel with Pencils! is this week’s sponsor with ideas for under the Christmas tree, as well as a fun activity idea to help you through lockdown. Travel Without Leaving Home It’s...

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  • Top 8 Must Buy Items For Expats in The Netherlands Writing Contest March 2013 You can’t buy happiness but as an expat you can buy eight items that will help you get the most out of living in the Netherlands. A Bike There is no doubt whatsoever that the Dutch are cycling nuts. You could sum the locals up with “I...
  • Letting Go of the Career Ladder Working Abroad Taking a step back in your career is never a satisfying move, but if the fact that you don’t speak the local language limits your job opportunities and you need to survive, sometimes you have no choice. I know that firsthand. When I moved to the...

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