Abuzer van Leeuwen is the founder and Captain of DutchReview. A Rotterdammer living in Leiden. With an interest for innovation and politics you will find him writing on these matters for DR (And good Italian food and Feyenoord as well) Interested in doing anything with DutchReview? Contact him at abuzer[at]dutchreview.com or follow him on Twitter
Alec was born and raised in the sunny American state of Florida but has been learning to cope with what seasons are since moving to Leiden. Recently, he graduated from Leiden University with an MA in Philosophy and is most interested in politics and economics, focusing on human and environmental rights.
Alexandra Huetter is a native Austrian with a passion for traveling. Having worked in tourism, marketing and sales she finally decided to exchange her 9-to-5 job for the unpredictable yet rewarding world of freelancing. She has been working as a freelance copywriter in Amsterdam since 2011.
I'm both an insider and outsider to Dutch culture. With the Dutch nationality and fluent Dutch, I'll happily sip a bike-beer on the way to a night out or snarf dropjes straight from the bag. As an outsider though, I've only lived on-off in NL, those dropjes better be vegan, and I won't go near anything that involves boiled endive.
Aurora is an Italian PhD student from Groningen. She has been living in the Netherlands for two years and is by now familiar with many Dutch habits... But still finds plenty of reasons to be pleasantly (most of the time) amazed by this industrious country and its brutally honest inhabitants!
Bobby Salomons is an Amsterdam-based published author and movie-blogger holding up too many balls to juggle at once. Suffering from Tortured Artist-syndrome he is left with no choice or hope until eventually breaking through. He is happy to receive comments and messages but even happier with care packages including high vitamin food in order to make it to the end of the week.
Having recently completed an undergraduate degree in law, Charlie is following his passion for football into a master in sports management at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam. When he manages to pull himself away from the latest match, he enjoys hitting the gym, finding a new coffee spot, or planning his next trip abroad.
Danielle de Wit studies International Public Administration in Leiden. She's also in love with biological food, her little kitten and cupcakes.
Emily is originally from the UK. She moved to Groningen over a year ago to study for her Master's degree and is struggling to leave. She is really enjoying learning about and embracing Dutch culture. This former couch potato now cycles everywhere but of course offsets this with plenty of beer and cheese.
Emma has recently completed her master's degree in Criminology and has a keen interest in drug policy research. She came to the Netherlands from England on a whim for a 3 month assignment in Spring 2016, persuaded her partner to join her and has remained ever since. Emma has a love of travelling, writing and photography, the perfect combination for an expat who has fallen in love with her second home.
Editor-in-Chief of DutchReview. Born and raised in Holland, spent his time procrastinating and studying Psychology and Philosophy. Frank harbors a special interest in weird social phenomena (which are ALL social phenomenon if you think about them long enough).
Heather was born on the Dutch island of St.Maarten and recently traded in her flip flops for snow boots. She spends her days trying not to butcher the Dutch language while raising her kids in the countryside of Holland. Her blog mydutchlife.com documents her not so Dutch observations
Ken is an ex IT guy working frantically on his creative brain to recover. He lives in Nevada, USA and plans on spending time in the Netherlands. Ken can be found with coffee or wine writing content, comedy skits and screenplays.
Originally from Tasmania (Australia), Kristy was living in London when she unexpectedly met a Dutch bloke and ended up moving to the Netherlands to be with him. Now she can be found taking numerous photos of their four weird cats, blogging at Tassie Devil Abroad, eating oliebollen and continuing to be baffled by the Dutch love of drop.
Lachlan is a native Australian copywriter currently living in The Netherlands. He's a fish out of water, and spent his first 18 years living by the beach in his hometown of Gerringong before moving to Canada. Lachlan's time in Amsterdam consists of exploring the city and trying to convince his mates back home he doesn't spend every waking moment in a coffee shop.
Lou Blair is a professional bliss-seeker and globe wanderer... or in other words, she is currently homeless and jobless in Amsterdam. Lou truly hates how unoriginal it was for a privileged female to quit corporate life in Australia to "find herself" - but fuck it, she did it anyway. Her passion for writing about her own experiences was found after accidentally pitching an idea to a travel editor, and then being asked to actually write it herself.
Madalina is a curious mind who loves PR, lives to travel and thrives on sarcasm. A Romanian expat turning Dutchier by the minute, she blogs at www.lifewithmada.com and is always up for good wine, artsy events and cultural shizzle.
A 20something English girl with an affinity for The Netherlands, lipstick and shiny shoes. A tea addict and organizational freak that you would most likely find in a café with a notebook and sticky notes.
Meral van Leeuwen is an editor, writer and food-addict. She authored the book 'IBB-boek'.
Noah grew up in Dhaka, Jakarta, and New York City before finding his way to Rotterdam. Despite having recently snagged a bachelor’s degree at Erasmus University College, he is fully committed to postponing adulthood as long as possible. He is an avid fan of the New York Knicks and has a tendency to consume copious amounts of coffee and tea.
Paola was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is experiencing the Dutch life for couple of years already, With a background in linguistics, media and international relations, she is a devoted music lover, good singer, active volunteer and a traveler, who likes to discover new places in full - by residing for some time. A writer at heart, a senior media analyst in media production company by occupation, and a truly passionate Balkan.
Originally from Scotland, Ross has been wandering on the European mainland for the past 5 years. He has lived in Berlin and Brussels, with a 2-year stay in Amsterdam in between. He is waging battle with the Dutch language, and is slowly gaining the upper hand.
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people and hopes to one day call Holland thuis.
Originally from the UK, Samantha has pursued her love of travelling by wandering around America, Australia and many places in between. A graduate of English Literature, she is now focussing on 'what she wants to be when she grows up', whilst finding her feet in the Netherlands after being side-tracked by a Dutch man she met in Budapest.
Simon Woolcot is a privileged Expat who came to Amsterdam from London for a six month assignment and has remained for nine years. Planning is obviously not his strong point. He spends his time commenting on various aspects of life in Holland on the Amsterdam Confessions of a Shallow Man website.
Stephan Djamin first set foot in the Netherlands 10 years ago and quickly found common ground with the locals: they all hate the weather. He is an aspiring lawyer looking to join the vast pool of the overqualified and underemployed. In the meantime, he enjoys writing for Dutch Review, playing football, and pondering the great questions of life.
An American born and raised, Tiffany is fulfilling a lifelong dream as an expat in one of the happiest countries in the world. Learning Dutch hard and fast, she greatly admires Dutch culture and sensibility, but is also wondering whether she could ever one day also master the Mestreechs dialect. Tiffany, her husband, and their konijntje live in the small city of Maastricht.
Born and raised in Istanbul, Ceren moved to Doha when she decided to follow her own Dutchie. Being restless by nature, she is now busy with everything Dutch by majoring in Dutch Studies at Leiden University while living in Delft with her commuting husband. In her free time, she likes to master the art of procrastination and pet as many cats as possible.
Alex Foster is an American of Dutch heritage, his ancestors having sailed from Holland to Brooklyn in 1642 and, 11 generations later, he still feels a great love of all things Dutch! After college in the US, Alex lived in the Pieter DeHoochstraat for 2 years, learning basic Dutch and beginning a life-long affinity for the Netherlands. Currently, he returns annually and enjoys exploring all corners of the Netherlands. So far, he has traveled to places even his Dutch friends in Amsterdam had not seen. Alex will be contributing articles on his explorations here regularly.
I am a Mexican girl, born to a Swiss father and married to a Dutch guy, living in The Netherlands for 9 years (oh how time flies!). I have a background in Biology and Veterinary medicine and a passion for travel, writing, baking, reading, discovering bookshops jumping around like crazy and red dresses. I also blog at Poppies and Ice-cream.
Erik Janssen is a recent asset to Dutchreview. Firmly footed in Nijmegen, he is editor at a local newspaper called De Nijmeegse Stadskrant. Opinion is divided as to his intellectual capacities. He himself thinks they are quite substantial, everybody else is less sure of this. Works in the field of environmental finance at BankTrack, a watchdog of banks and their financing regarding environment, sustainability and human rights. Considers himself a Sherlockian.
Karan Narayan is studying sustainable energy technology at TU Delft and is always on the lookout for an excuse to visit Leiden (for the library, of course). When he isn't trying to save the world he burrows into the depths of the internet for pieces of humanity's greatest creation - cat videos.
For 26 years Kirsten lived abroad before returning to her “home” country the Netherlands. The re-integration has been a weird and wonderful journey as described in her TEDx talk, but she is slowly settling back into the flat, cold and honest land. With a family that “crosses borders” there are still plenty of daily eyebrow raisers and hilarious confusions. Kirsten works as a speaker, coach and writer.
Nick recently moved to the Netherlands from the UK. He was born in Germany, raised in England, has an Irish father, a half-Dutch mother, and a French surname. If you can figure that out let him know! He works in the university world and is passionate about books, culture and wine. He now lives in Leiden with his beautiful wife and two beautiful (but insane) children.