Bitterballenbruid | I love bitterballen so much… I married a Dutchman
I’m Hayley, 35, from the UK. I’m an expat living in Hilversum, The Netherlands (since April 2014) with my husband (he’s Dutch) and my cat, Paris. (No, I didn’t name her… long story.) I like to use brackets and this is my first attempt at blogging. This blog is mainly about Hilversum and ‘t Gooi area, eating too many bitterballen, getting married in Holland, learning how to be..
It has dawned on me that my teeny tiny thank you about the blog awards in my last post was rather lacklustre and fleeting, sorry. So let’s rectify that. I have posted my thanks on my social media channels, but perhaps there are readers out there who only follow me via the blog and therefore […]
This weather right now is giving us a delicious taste of more sunny days to come in the Netherlands (I hope!!) and what better way to hang out in the sun than by the beach? Dutch people love terraces (terrasjes) when the sun’s out but I like to go one further when I possibly can. […]
I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced homesickness before (hmmmm… except maybe when I went to Brownie camp when I was about 9 or 10). But since I’ve been living in the Netherlands? Nah! Not at all. Missing my family and friends, yes. Missing English pubs, definitely. English food in general, hell yes. But yearning to […]
Hi guys, I don’t know about you… but looking at the weather forecast, I’m pretty sure tomorrow is going to be Rokjesdag in the Netherlands! ‘Rokjesdag’ literally meaning ‘skirt day’ is the first day in spring when women suddenly decide it’s warm enough to wear a skirt with bare legs. The term was coined by […]
(Intro to be sung to the theme Teddy Bear’s Picnic – you’ll most likely know it if you’re English. If you don’t, check out this YouTube video.) If you go out for a walk today… You’re sure of a big surprise. If you go out for a walk today… You’d better go in disguise. For […]
1. I’m bilingual… kinda. I think and speak in two languages and I can switch between the two. (Most of the time, anyway.) Apparently, I now talk differently when I speak English – so my friends from the UK tell me. More slowly. It’s probably not a bad thing. My best friend also says that […]
I used to think that the best way to explore Amsterdam was on foot. In my opinion, it’s definitely not by bike! But since taking two boat trips in Amsterdam last year, my mind has been firmly changed! My first proper boat trip in Amsterdam (excluding the drunken times late on Queen’s / Kingsday when […]
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