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 local. Many,...

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,...

Afrikaans and Dutch: the differences and similarities

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

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...

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...

What’s in a (Dutch male) name?

Learning and pronouncing Dutch names can be a struggle. "What’s in a name? That which we call...

What’s in a [Female Dutch] Name?

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