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Dutch Folks Dance and Costumes

We usually do our groceries at the shopping area near our home and last Saturday the community center has organised a Summer Festival at that shopping area. Over 40 small stalls selling local products i.e wooden clogs, long horns, cheeses, fruit jams and more. Something unusual to see when we compare it to what we usually have during our groceries shopping. Very busy place with people, stalls, and to my surprise Dutch Folks Music and Dance. I always wanted to see Dutch Folks Dance, but never wanted to go to tourist ……Continue Reading


Volendam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is iconic and needing no explanation, Rotterdam is famous for its port, Zaandam is famous for its windmills in Zaanse Schans, Edam is of course famous for its cheeses, and Volendam, an enticing traditional Dutch fishing village. Small fishing village that is accustomed to current tourists’ demand while preserving its rich cultural sense.   Wearing traditional dutch costume is still part of the routine for the villagers here. If you’re lucky, you will get to see one during your sight seeing. I always wonder why traditional Dutch houses are ……Continue Reading


Utrecht, Netherlands

Utrecht is one of our favourite cities in The Netherlands because it is strategically located in the center of the country.  The Schiphol Airport and other major cities i.e. Amsterdam Central, Leiden, Haarlem, The Hague, Eindhoven and Deventer, they are all reachable under an hour or slightly lesser than an hour from Utrecht Central. Therefore it is an ideal place for a short weekend getaway and what not when Amsterdam is so fully-booked. Just like Amsterdam, Utrecht is a canal city and the liveliness is comparable with the capital and of course ……Continue Reading



  Reign The current constitutional monarchy of The Netherlands has the history started when Prince William VI of Orange, who crowned as King William I in 1815 after the fall of Napoleon, decline of Dutch Republic and eventually regained its independence from France. Since then, King William I (1815-1840), King William II (1840-1850), and King William III ruled the throne before the succession of Queen Wilhelmina from 1890-1948, Queen Juliana from 1948-1980 and Queen Beatrix from 1980-2013. The current King Willem -Alexander ascended the throne after the abdication of his mother, Queen ……Continue Reading


Home away from Home

I have been living in The Netherlands for 5 years and still counting. It got me thinking what kind of insights do I get from the Dutch people so far? There are intelligent ones, surprising ones and there are also some notably leaving you wondering why. Essentially all are unaccustomed meme to me when I first arrived and worth mentioning in this write up that would make me ascribe them as typical Dutch.  The flow of this write up will be presented in a way that matches the normal routine ……Continue Reading