Category: differences US vs. The Netherlands

Halloween tidbits as seen from my Dutch perspective

Halloween, we did celebrate it in the Netherlands too, but I never really knew where Halloween came from. I think it’s about time, living in the U.S. to find out the story behind Halloween. To my surprise Halloweeen is actually Scottish / Irish and was brought to the U.S. by immigrants from Scotland and Ireland. I find... Read more »

Blog Action Day: #Inequality between the Netherlands and America

This years Blog Action Day is about #Inequality. I am Dutch and I live in America, so I decided to look at those two countries, when it comes to Inequality. In the Netherlands: the people get older (at birth). they get about 1 year less education. the GNI is about $10.000-, less. the overal equality is more even.... Read more »

What I do NOT miss when I think of the Netherlands

A while ago, on a Dutch-American Facebook page that I am a member of, someone posted the question ‘What is it that you DO NOT miss about the Netherlands?’ That was a question that got me thinking.  I usually think the other way around, but I already did notice that Dutchies that are living here... Read more »

A fun family day out: go to the IRS!

Yesterday morning we had the best morning ever, because we went to the IRS. I highly recommend going there, because you will have the longest quality time with your family ever! #171158857 / For those who have never heard about the IRS (probably my Dutch readers), it is the same as ‘de Belastingdienst’ in the Netherlands. The slogan... Read more »

Dear teacher of my gifted son, can we please work together this new school year? Thanks!

‘Blogapalooz-Hour! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour. Here is tonight’s challenge: “Write a letter to someone or some entity with whom you have had a disagreement” Dear teachers of my son, There are a lot of ‘special kids’ that you have to take in account in one... Read more »

Praising in America - an observation of two Dutch boys, aged 5 and 9.

Today, while walking from the car to the swimming pool, this conversation took place between my two sons: Youngest son: ‘Everything I do at my swimming lessons is always great, at least that’s what the teachers say. If I am doing so great, then why didn’t I get all of my patches (rewarding system that the pool... Read more »

Shopping for School Supplies - You can do it better than me, read this:

Differences between the Netherlands and America when it comes to school supplies. Last schoolyear was the first schoolyear for my oldest that we had to buy all the school supplies, so I am already a bit used to the terms that are on there. If you move from another country to America, you probably don’t... Read more »

I miss my Dutch job and the easy way I got it - applying for a job here is like HELL!

Today I write a blog for Blogapalooz-Hour. My challenge is to write a blog in one hour. “Write about a person, place or thing that you miss.” I already wrote about my home country that I miss so much, and about my aunt that I still miss, every day! Since about a month or two I... Read more »

I felt very stupid during High School. Now I know I am (probably) Gifted. Read my story!

A lot of Gifted children never learn how to learn properly, because all they get in their curriculum is far too easy. Gifted students understand everything that the teacher tells them so quickly, that they never have to use their memory. As a result the gifted child doesn’t learn how to effectively use their memory. This can... Read more »

Movie Rating Differences Between The Netherlands and America

Yesterday I went to The Transformers: Age of Extinction at the theater. We were there pretty early, because it was my friends birthday and she could choose the Movie.  We had a perfect spot, right in the middle and it wasn’t crowded at all. That changed fast, within no time it was getting busier and busier.... Read more »