Articles by

Shaakira Vania

20-something year old traveller, coconut lover (Seriously-anything coconut), and Libran. I recently made the cross-continent move to Amsterdam and spend my weekends exploring the country, meeting new people and telling myself I will finish a book every month (a promise I'm yet to keep). If I had to sum myself up in three words they would be: quirky, curious, and meme-lover.

Always an expat, never a local: an international’s attempt to integrate into Dutch life

Shaakira, a South African living in Amsterdam, shares why she's still waiting to feel like a Dutch...

What’s in a Dutch male name? Part 2

All good sequels have a decent amount of time between them. Just think about the years between...

What’s in a (female) Dutch name?

"What’s in a name? That which we call a rose wo-" *old record scratching sound*. Wait a...

In the Netherlands, rules are rules (but only when it’s convenient)

When did it become cool to break the rules? Okay, rhetorical question, since the people who break...

Afrikaans and Dutch: the differences and similarities

Afrikaans and Dutch — what is the connection? Are these two languages as similar as they're rumoured...

Moving to the Netherlands for the first time: difficulties with language, orders and groceries

I am learning Dutch. I say that with a small, proud smile, even though in reality I’ve...

The surprising challenges of using a sidewalk in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is an amazing place to live, with so many places to see and discover. But,...

C’est la corona: the positive side of the pandemic

Going through a pandemic has changed life as we know it — but perhaps the realisations we've...
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