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Oliebollen recipe (Dutch Donut)

oliebollenThis special food eats or sells during New years and winter time. You can find a fresh made Oliebollen by bakery or shopping area. The best oliebollen is to make it yourself. You can see the recipes bellow, originally taken from ah.nl :

Ingredients for 20 pieces Oliebollen :

250 ml semi-skimmed milk
1 sachet dried yeast (3 bags @ 7 g)
1 tbsp sugar
300 g flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 liters of sunflower oil or soy bean oil
Powdered Sugar

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Sinterklaas

Sinterklaas is a traditional winter festival in The Netherlands. The celebration begins in the night before the birthday of Sinterklaas (5 December). Here are some of the celebration:

1. Schoen zetten (placing a shoe) : The children put the one of the shoes in the fire place. Because the zwarte piet will come to the house through the chimney. If the family doesn’t have fireplace, the children can put the shoes in the front door, back door or in front of a heater. As a return to the Sinterklaas, the children put a food for the horse (hay, carrot), a drawing or a poem. The next day, they get something delicious in the shoes.

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How to get help when you are sick

Rules in The Netherlands obligate you, to have a health insurance. As soon as you got insurance, you must find your doctor (huisarts). To find it, you can go to google and search “huisarts (put your city area)” for example “huiarts Den Bosch oost”. If you have a student health insurance, most of the time your school is going to point out the huisarts for you, so you don’t have to search.
After you find via google or other search machine, you have to go to the huisart and register yourself. Do not forgot your insurance card and identity card. Make sure you have your huisarts telephone number. If you were sick, you had to call your huisarts assistant and make appointment. Usually the appointment will be the next day, if you really need quick help, you can tell the huisarts. Remember, If you got  cold and flu, you didn’t need to go to huisarts, just take paracetamol (you can buy it in drugstore), because huisarts will advice the same. As it get worse and you got fever in several night you need to contact your huisarts. If you got sick in the weekend and need help, unfortunately your huisarts is closed in in the weekend, but if you called them, you will hear voice that recommend other huisarts who open in weekend. Continue reading

How to throw your household waste in The Netherlands

Yep!! Managing your garbage become important to do in The Netherlands. To support clean environment  the local government seperate the waste into two container. Each house have one in dark grey and one in green colour. Green container is only for organic trash (food, fruit, trash from your garden). Dark grey container is for non-organic trash. Continue reading

How to check a train schedule in The Netherlands

Train is the main public transportation in Netherlands. When you arrive for the first time in Netherlands in Schipol airports, you need to buy train tickets in the ticket desk or ticket machine.

How much is the ticket cost, where is the track and the departure time? you can see in NS (official trains company in The Netherlands) website. You can follow the instruction bellow. Continue reading

King’s day or Koninsgdag

King’s day is a national holiday to celebrate King’s of The Netherlands Birthday. It held most of the time on 27 th April, if 27th April is Sunday then it held on  26th April.

There two things are important in King’s day, go to the flea market (vrijmarket) and go to concert/music festival with orange wardrobe all over you. During King’s day, people can sell on the street without permit and payment of valued added taxes in flea market. Most Dutch people sell second-hand item. Continue reading

How Dutch celebrate birthday party

Dutch birthday party is totally different from in my country, Indonesia. Most Dutch people prefer to have money as a gift than any other things. You can give around 10-20 euro inside the envelope together with birthday card. You can write on the birthday card such as..  Continue reading