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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 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

Learning Dutch for Free

Yes! you can learn Dutch for free in The Netherlands.

  • In Utrecht, every Wednesday, you are welcome to join Language Cafe Utrecht, you can learn Dutch language and learn other people your mother tongue (first language). For more information you can check their blog. Continue reading

Finding a room in The Netherlands

Finding a room in Netherlands is not easy, specially in Randstad area (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Rotterdam). So far, my favourite site is kamernet. You need to find a good location and also a good price. Then, you also consider your future housemate. After you give reaction to the room, if the landlord or future housemate like you, you usually get an invitation to see the house and interview. Some landlord invites other people who interest with the room in the same time. I will give you tips for you to find a room, because I had some experience choosing my new housemate : Continue reading

Carnaval

Carnaval is a big party in south part of The Netherlands (Limburg and Noord-Brabant), such as Maastricht, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Tilburg, Eindhoven and many more. The tradition began long time ago, as part of catholic believe. Nowadays, Dutch people in the south celebrate the carnaval by partying 5 days in a row and wear a costume outfit. In Sunday (or Monday) a parade of decorated car go around the city, it called “groot optocht“. The next day,  little kid together with their classmate walked with costume. Some car prepared by the carnaval club. In the night young people go party in the club and wear costume. This festival held between February and March, it always different every year. It’s too complicated for me to explained how Dutch decide the carnaval week. Continue reading