Dutch Haring… Dangling or Sliced?

June 13th marks the official start of the Dutch Haring season! The launch takes place each year in Scheveningen and the first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe (young haring caught between mid May and the end of June) is sold for the season. How do you eat Dutch haring (or like …

Happy Dutch-American Friendship Day!

Stefan and I are doing our part in keeping Dutch/American relations strong! I learned a little background about this day… The Netherlands was the first country to recognize (even if unofficially) the independence of the United States (yeah Dutchies!)! When John Adams bought a house in the Hague, it became …

A Very Dutch New Year’s Eve!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be spending New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands this year, but I will be with my Dutch husband and that makes up for it! After several visits to the Netherlands, last year was my first time there during New Years. I’d heard about the …

Utrecht – More than Stage 1!

Utrecht is on my mind (probably along with the rest of Nederland and the cycling world). I know, I know… it’s a BIG deal to host the start of the Tour de France! I don’t want to take away from the Aussie’s historical victory… but Utrecht is so much more …

Windmills & Selfies

      It’s  National Mill Day in the Netherlands this weekend so I’d like to honor it with sharing our attempts at selfies with windmills. Keep in mind it’s why they are called windmills… located in windy areas… so we have to embrace our wild hair in these selfies! …

Liberation Day

Liberation Day is celebrated by the Dutch on May 5. Also known as Freedom Day, this historic day commemorates the end of WWII in the Netherlands. Even though the war wasn’t over in the rest of Europe, the Germans surrendered here on May 5, 1945 in Wageningen at the Hotel …

Remembrance Day

May 4 in the Netherlands is Remembrance Day. It began right after World War II as a day to remember Dutch soldiers. It now is a day to remember those who have served in any war, conflict or peace making mission. National and local ceremonies are held throughout the country. …

Queen’s Day!

I know, I know… it’s now King’s Day. No hard feelings King Willem, but my first visit to Nederland I was there on April 30, 2012 – Queen’s Day! It was a glorious spring day in Barneveld, after all a Queen wouldn’t dare let it rain on her parade! And …