A Few Friday Dutch-isms

by farrah on February 7, 2014 · 9 comments

This week has been busy like so many others. The weather has been mild, but of course, it has rained for much of it. Thankfully we get the sun from time to time, and the boys have been in the backyard garden a few days after school. All in all, I’d say it was mostly relaxed and we’ve found ourselves ingrained a little bit more into the Dutch culture.

Dutch landscape

Zwem lessons

B started his swim lessons on Tuesday. We were excited for him to start the first ten weeks of his program, and curious as to what it would be like. My husband took him- they are being held at a nearby hotel pool- which my husband says is very nice since the bar/restaurant area overlooks the pool and he can watch him from the seating area. B did well- and my husband noted that the instructors make an effort to identify the children with any fear of water right away by splashing them in the face to gauge their comfort level. There about five or six other children in the class- with two instructors, and for the hour they are taught how to get in and out of the water, use kick boards and jump into the water. They wear rings on their arms and a floating belt of sorts- which I wonder how long they will continue to wear through the lessons.

He’s legal

I didn’t make a big deal about it- but my husband was recently stopped and busted for not having a driver’s license. We were supposed to get one after six months- but just never got around to doing it. The officer ticketed him and wouldn’t allow him to drive home, so when he showed up in a cab on a rainy night I was definitely surprised! Well, after about three months, five trips to miscellaneous offices, several forms and a fee, I am proud to say that he picked up his official Dutch drivers license yesterday. I know I need to do it now, since we’re staying- so here’s hoping that I have as much patience with the bureaucracy as my husband did!

Big farm

Yesterday we received a letter in the mail and at first had no idea what it was talking about. I had to use a translator app on my phone (Babbleshot) to figure out what it was saying, since it looked sort of official and I was worried we had done something wrong. Not so- it turns out it was a notice that there is a council meeting regarding a proposed ‘mega stable’ (not sure if that’s the right word) in the village of Oisterwijk. Several thousand pigs, cows and sheep are to be housed there- and the village has some contention as to if it should be allowed. We were invited to raise our concerns at this meeting- and I have to be honest and say that I giggled to myself since if we were back in the States a typical situation like this would be to fight a ‘big box’ or ‘mega store’ in the area- not so much a farm! We are definitely not in Kansas (or South Carolina or Michigan) anymore!!

The infamous invites

I wrote about how we handed out the invitations for B’s birthday party later this month. Apparently there is much confusion with my handwriting as to what day this party is actually to take place. I mentioned how people handwrite numbers here a little differently- so many parents asked for clarification as to the actual date since my ‘6’ looked like their ‘4’. I thought this was funny and think this will be only the beginning of this fiasco.

Don’t forget to enter!

I have a giveaway going until Tuesday of next week for a box o’ goodies from our European travels this spring and summer. All you have to do is comment and tell me what kind of trinket you like to pick up on the road. Simple enough!

All about me

And lastly, if you wouldn’t mind tossing a vote my way- there’s a handy little button on my upper right sidebar to give The Three Under a vote in the ‘100 Top Blogs About Living Abroad’. I’d love to be able to add that to my resume- so help a sister out if you can! One time vote, no email or registration needed. Just scroll down, find The Three Under and submit your vote! It ends February 17th.

Have a great weekend and hope it is getting a little better weather-wise where you are!



{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica February 7, 2014 at 10:59 am

Are you under the 30% ruling for the driver’s license? I just learned that I’ll have to take at least the theory test if I want a Dutch license….ugh….I thought I was done with that when I was 16.


2 farrah February 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Hm. I don’t even know what that means! Our relocation people just told us what we had to do (in that crazy link in my blurb about the DMV) .. as far as I know my husband didn’t have to take a test.


3 Jessica February 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Yep, you’re part of that 30% ruling…I just reread your article. Lucky you!


4 christie February 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

A six looks like a four!!! Girl, you are so brave to face all this with grace and good humor. We’re having a perfectly american party at my house for my three year old and I’m a wreck. Scared of the people and entertaining and the pinata. Good luck!


5 farrah February 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Time will tell. It ain’t over yet!


6 Julia February 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm

A mega stable, is that like a super Walmart, lol.


7 farrah February 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

No kidding!!! That’s exactly what I was thinking. But smellier.


8 Leighann February 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm

glad everything got straightened out with your husbands license. I would have never thought of that.
Good luck sorting out the invitations… You’re doing great.


9 farrah February 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I’m trying! And yeah- we knew but just kept forgetting. I’m just really glad that driving here is pretty similar to back home (although they do have weird things like YOU yield to someone on the right if they’re in an off street- that’s crazy to me, and dangerous) . At least we’re on the right side of the road and car!


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