Published on November 18, 2012, by John in Netherlands Life.

  I’ve been spending my free time (what’s left after apartment-hunting, job-hunting, and generally wandering around Europe) by trying to get a feel for Dutch food. I’m far from a foodie (Jackie still tells the story, with cruel glee, of the time I made a “romantic dinner” including Nutmeg mashed potatoes… there’s a reason it

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  After looking at apartments, John and I spent the evening sipping warm drinks (fresh mint tea and hot chocolate made from real chocolate) and discovering how the Dutch kick off the holiday season. We found a warehouse store with Christmas bulbs, Sinterklass statues, and decorations in every color. John really liked the polar bears,

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Allow us to introduce you to Ben and Huong as I think they’ll be appearing in many of our future posts. They have been showing us the ropes this week, and they’re basically adorable. Ben works in the Quality Assurance department, and Huong is our Assistant Marketing Manager. They’re originally from Texas, but they’ve also lived

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All nationalities, including Dutch citizens, must register their presence at their local town hall (Stadhuis), the details of which are kept in the population register (Bevolkingsregister). It’s kind of like our Social Security Office and Census Department, and the data is used to determine where to spend government resources. MONDAY – I called to schedule

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Unfortunately, John’s birthday started a little slowly, and was bordering on anti-climactic, this year. After living in a hotel for a month and crashing at the Livingston’s for another month, we had A LOT of stuff to fit into our baggage (all three checked bags were at the maximum load weight), so I hadn’t packed a gift

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We’ve learned a few things in our short time in Venlo:   The Dutch like to keep their guests out of the main flow of the house, so our toilet is conveniently located downstairs…through the privacy door…basically in the hallway. Spanish Orange Room Yoghurt is delicious! Unfortunately, it’s made of room (cream), which explains why the 0% Vet (0% fat) kind

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