Double Dutching.

Relationships. Something that I have discovered, over the past five years of living in The Netherlands, is that the Dutch do things differently in this department. It’s common knowledge that the Dutch are known for their tolerance, equality and “freedom of everything” attitude, compared to that of many other cultures. Whilst this may sound likeContinue reading “Double Dutching.”

The way of the ancients.

Perhaps I have an overactive, romantic imagination? So often, when driving our little car or riding my trusty bicycle, along a small road, generally through one of the many forests in NL, I feel somewhat transported back through the ages. I could link this directly to the history of art lessons that I took forContinue reading “The way of the ancients.”

Socio-economic leveller.

This title makes me think of smart people like economists, business people, and dare I say it, politicians, none of which are me! My take on such an intellectual title is on a far more day-to-day angle… the bicycle! How does a bicycle fit into the picture? Well, for a “local” living a wonderful new-life-adventureContinue reading “Socio-economic leveller.”

Rainy days.

The delights of modern day communication technology have given rise to numerous social media platforms who feed us all a totally NON-sustainable perfection. Whilst I choose to have more perfect days than not,  the reality is that the rainy days do come. I guess that sad, bad, gloomy reality pics are not as uplifting as theContinue reading “Rainy days.”

Bicycles, bicycles & more bicycles! Pt 3.

The variety of bicycles is enormous and for a non-cyclist, this could be a minefield!  My advice is to start with the price for a good “station bike” that offers a “quiet ride”.  The next criteria would be the technical elements and for this, I recommend going for the absolute simplets of bicycles, sans leversContinue reading “Bicycles, bicycles & more bicycles! Pt 3.”

Bicycles, bicycles & more bicycles! Pt 2.

The key to the national mode of transport in The Netherlands is not to worry about anyone else – selfish, right? No, sensible and SAFE! My South African mind-set had to make a radical shift if I were to embrace the bicycle culture and survive! Step one is to buy a bicycle and the bestContinue reading “Bicycles, bicycles & more bicycles! Pt 2.”

Bicycles, bicycles & more bicycles! Pt 1.

With a nod to Katie Melua and her hit song in 2008 “Nine million bicycles in Beijing”, the stats have changed somewhat and only a year later in 2009, Beijing with a population of 12 million people, had 13 million bicycles to their credit.   Fast forward to 2018 where The Netherlands registered 23 million bicyclesContinue reading “Bicycles, bicycles & more bicycles! Pt 1.”

Dutch Days – Silly Seasons – Fantastic Festivities! Pt 1.

Public holidays are few and far between in The Netherlands but when they do come around, they use them to their max! Paasdag 1&2 – “Religious” Konings Dag – insane market day Hemelvaartsdag – “Religious” PinksterDag 1&2 – “Religious” KerstDag 1&2 – “Religious” Jaarwisseling – fireworks beyond description Sinterklaas – parade  Northern and southern hemisphereContinue reading “Dutch Days – Silly Seasons – Fantastic Festivities! Pt 1.”