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Dutch language lacks logic?! Ask the Dutch!

Posted on February 5th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, Personal

As a foreigner living in the Netherlands, I could’ve told you that the Dutch language is difficult. But 60% of people surveyed (presumably native Dutch speakers) in December said that the language was not only difficult, but also illogical. 58% had difficulty with spelling words found in a simple correspondence. Only 37% said that Dutch was an easy and logical language. In August 2006 some new spelling rules will come into effect. 67% of those surveyed knew nothing of the new rules. 42% still struggled with the spelling rules applied in 1995. More »

Duikvaker scuba diving show in Utrecht

Posted on February 4th 2006 by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Personal, Scuba Diving

Today we visited Duikvaker, a dive show dubbed “the diving event of the year”. Earlier in the week an ad ran in the Spits! newspaper that invited readers to enter a drawing for free tickets. I entered, and won two tickets. More »

Rest in peace, Oma de Wolf, 1923-2006

Posted on February 1st 2006 by Arthur in Personal

Today in Roosendaal was the funeral of my grandmother, Hendrika De Wolf-Bouma, who died early morning Friday 26 January at the age of 82. More »

Me and Imelda Marcos

Posted on January 18th 2006 by Amy in Personal, Shopping & Stuff

My dad always teases me when I buy a new pair of shoes. He calls me “Imelda”, after Imelda Marcos, former first lady and political figure of the Philippines. She is probably best remembered for her vast collection of shoes. Did you know that in 2003 director Ramona S. Diaz made the documentary Imelda, about the footwear fancier? More »

Arthur’s Best & Worst of 2005

Posted on December 31st 2005 by Arthur in Personal

Just in time before the end of the year, here is my personal best and worst of 2005. More »

Amy’s Best & Worst of 2005

Posted on December 28th 2005 by Amy in Personal

Here’s my very personal Best and Worst of 2005. More »

Counting down the days

Posted on December 1st 2005 by Amy in Life in Holland, Personal

Someone has been playing Sinterklaas in my office. Last Friday, everyone found a chocolate letter sitting on his or her desk in the morning. This morning we were all surprised with an advent calendar; a small chocolate treat waits behind each door for the countdown to Christmas. More »

Family weekend in Drenthe

Posted on November 7th 2005 by Arthur in Personal

Last weekend we had our annual family weekend at De Huttenheugte Center Parcs in the province of Drenthe. Here is a photo of the whole group I took on Sunday. More »