Skip to content

Cultural Concubine Blog

Neither here nor there…

Tag Archives: dutch

Springing...

Can’t wait for summer days spent picking wild flowers…

Advertisements

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Today I realised the deep rooted ambition of every Dutch country girl…

Well heeled…

I got a pair of clogs.

 

And in case you were wondering…
Yes. They are comfortable, very lightweight and strangely keep my feet extremely warm without getting sweaty.
They are available at the Boerenbond. (Farmers union), where they are sold as work wear. Apparently they are according to working safety regulations… And it is nice to support the clog craftsmen…

So I dare anyone who wears crocs in their garden to try this.
Plastic really ain’t all that fantastic…

Can’t wait to take them for a spin in the UK… 🙂

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

My American alter ego...

Yesterday I found a great blog, writing about the weird country I am from. It is quite funny to find someone else’s collection of thoughts on Dutch idiosyncrasies.

Enjoy: http://stuffdutchpeoplelike.com/

(I have to admit that their review on No.3 Hagelslag is much more thorough than mine…)
You live, you learn…

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Are you attuned?

One of the things I am struggling with back in the Netherlands, is the change of language.

Not as much the fact that there is a difference in the words, or simply the grammar…
No, the greatest difference lies in the way you can express your tone and humour. English is such a rich language. And the way you use words and ‘intonate’ a sentence can mean many things.

Dutch is so much more frugal in its essence. Just an example:
The one Dutch word Stemmen has 3 possible meanings/translations:

  • Tuning, as in tuning an instrument.
  • Voices, the actual sound that comes out of your mouth
  • Voting, the actual democratic process of casting a vote.

How can this be?
May be this is why politics is such a mess in the Netherlands at the moment… Can’t they just be quiet?

Curious…

It makes me want to invent some new words.
English ones…

With special thanks to Aram for sending me these:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Just a quick mirror image back at me from the Yanks:


(PS Jeez I should get myself some straight pants. 🙂

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,