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.

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...

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...

12 realisations every expat in the Netherlands can relate to

There’s a saying that goes “celebrate the little moments because one day you’ll look back and realise...

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,...
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