Tag Archives: Holland

W, X, Y, and Z

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch! 

W is for Wagon.

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Wagon in Dutch means car.

In the Netherlands, the people try very hard to protect our environment, and one way they do this is by limiting the amount of time in a car. Instead, the Dutch tend to take public transportation, or more commonly, bikes.

When they do drive cars, however, they almost always drive a manual transmission car because these cars use gasoline that is not as harmful to the environment they are trying to preserve.

 

X is for nothing.

X is probably the most uncommon letter in the Dutch language and the only words that would start with X are words taken from other languages, such as x-ray or xylophone.

Y is also for practically nothing.

Y is another very uncommon letter and is usually, if not always, replaced with “ij”. One common and delicious word that starts with these two letters is “ijs” meaning ice. And by ice, they usually always mean ice cream 🙂

 

Z is for Zomer.

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My last Dutch word to give you is zomer, which means summer. I moved to the Netherlands in the summer and it is a beautiful season to be there. It rains a lot but when it’s not, everything is green and alive. The country is full of animals and there are endless activities are festivals to go to because the Dutch love to have a good time!

U and V

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch! 

U is for Uil

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Uil is the dutch word for Owl.

Where I lived in the Netherlands the Owl was the symbol for the town.

During Karnival, which is the five days before Lent starts, the Owl is unveiled to mark the beginning of the Karnival festivals.

On Fat Tuesday, the last day of Karnival, the owl is covered up again, telling everyone the festivities are over and lent has begun.

 

V is for Vuurwerk

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Vuurwerk is the dutch word for firework.

In the United States we have fireworks in the summer, and especially on the Fourth of July. In the Netherlands they save most of their fireworks for a different holiday: New Years Eve!

On New Years Eve, right when the clock strikes midnight, all the towns set off fireworks so if you are standing outside you can see fireworks from every direction!!

 

 

S and T

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch!

S is for Sinterklaas

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Sinterklaas is the Dutch for Saint Nicholas. In the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas’ feast day is bigger than Christmas. Sinterklaas comes on a boat in late November and stays until December 6th, his feast day.

The feast day is celebrated usually with a parade, where Sinterklaas rides through town on a white horse, assisted by his Zwarte Piets, who represent a boy who Saint Nicholas saved from the Roman Soldiers.

Sinterklaas gives children chocolate letters. pepernoten and kruidnoten, which are both a traditional candy that taste almost like gingerbread.

Saint Nicholas’ feast day is full of games, songs, and celebration. But make sure you are good, because at the end of the day Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Piets gather all the bad children and send them to Spain! Yikes!

 

T is for Tulp

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Tulp is the most popular flower in the Netherlands, the Tulip.

Although tulips are originally from Turkey, The Netherlands known worldwide for their large tulip fields and tulip festivals. The most famous tulip garden is located just south of Amsterdam called Keukenhof, which holds over 7-million flower bulbs.

Tulip season goes from late March to the middle of May. This makes Spring the best time for tourists to visit Holland!

365 Days of Joy: Week 19

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato, author of the Story of a Rose blog).  Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, and I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every week, and hopefully, along with joy, I can gain a little consistency in my life. 😉  So here we go, week 19!

IMG_7971.PNGSince February I have been apart of a Bible study over the book of Esther. This study’s main theme is the idea  of a reversal of destiny–of taking the life you think you are meant to live and turning it into the life God has planned for you to live, and having the courage to follow his path when the moment comes along.
This quote is from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and I think it fits perfectly to what my Bible study has been talking about in our Esther study. We are not meant to be spectators in the world, but players. We cannot wait for the world to give us what we want, but we need to give to the world what we have–our gifts.
Spring is a wonderful time to set goals and start projects. One of my goals this spring is to work on enhancing the gifts God gave me in order to spread His glory to everyone I can.

05.07.15

The kids had bath time with NO FREAK OUTS! I guess there is a first for everything!

05.08.15

Night to myself! I had gnocchi and white wine for dinner and binge watched House of Cards–that show is a whole bunch of messed up.

05.09.15

KINDERDIJK! Finally got to see some windmills (19, in fact) and it was glorious! Definitely a good bucket list moment.

Almost all 19 windmills at Kinderdijk. Panorama beauty.
Almost all 19 windmills at Kinderdijk. Panorama beauty.

05.10.15

Had a Skype movie date night with Marissa and Kate, and we watched Anne of Green Gables! It took us a while to get the movies in sync, and I don’t think we ever really got them perfect, but it was so much fun–it was just like hanging out!

Talked to my mom and family for Mother’s Day!

05.11.15
Spent all afternoon outside because the weather was like middle of summer weather! At night I took a rosary walk. We used to do this all the time as a family, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I did it tonight. It’s so relaxing and refreshing to walk at sunset and pray the rosary at the same time–it’s a habit I want to bring back to my life.

05.12.15

The dandelions are in seed right now and the kids are having more fun than I’ve ever seen anyone have with dandelions–even if it’s the 50th one they’ve seen that day, they still scream out of joy when they see one. It’s hilarious.

Also, I finalized all my tickets and reservations for my Germany–Austria–Czech Republic trip!! Just a couple more days!!!

05.13.15

Today was the last day of my Esther Bible study–it was a great study and I’m sad to see it end. Esther is a great book to see the power God has in our lives and how he uses each and every one of us to complete a wonderful mission on Earth!

I also spent some time today writing fiction. It’s been a little while since I’ve done this and it was nice to have some creative time in my day again.

 

 

And that’s my week! I don’t know if I will have the chance to put up my blog next week because of my trip, but you can see updates if you follow me on Instagram (maddiemmaher) or if you are friends with me on Facebook!

I am going to try to put up a travel blog either today or tomorrow about my recent dutch travels, so keep an eye on goingdutchtravels.wordpress.com for that!

Please keep my trip in your prayers and I look forward to telling you all about it!!

Pax Ex!

B is for…

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch! 

B is for Bitterballen.

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If you are in the Netherlands and you are looking for a quick snack, you should probably try some Bitterballen.

A Bitterbal is kind of like a fried meatball and you are supposed to eat it with mustard.

The Dutch like to eat these at parties, especially on big national holidays, like King’s Day, which we celebrated just a little while ago, on April 27.

I’ve never made them myself, but if you would like to try them at home you can find a recipe here!

If you are going to try them, they  go great with French fries and beer (or root beer for the kids 🙂 ).

A is for…

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch! 

A is for Aardappel

In Dutch aardappel means potato.

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Just like in Iowa, the Netherlands has lots of farms, and they grow lots of different plants. In Iowa we grow lots of different kinds of food, but mainly we grow corn, soy beans, and wheat. In the Netherlands they also grow lots of different foods too, but unlike Iowa, they grow a lot of potatoes.

Potatoes grow well in the Netherlands because it doesn’t get too hot nor too cold. Also, potatoes need a lot of water to grow and since the Netherlands have a lot of rivers, and it rains a lot, it is a perfect spot for potatoes to grow.

Just like the USA, the Netherlands send a lot of food to other people all over the world. And almost 25% of all the potatoes in the world come from the Netherlands, so the next time you eat a potato chip, you might be eating one that came all the way from the Netherlands.

365 Days of Joy: Week 16

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato, author of the Story of a Rose blog).  Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, and I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every week, and hopefully, along with joy, I can gain a little consistency in my life. 😉  So here we go, week 16!

the best things...There is nothing better than traveling with someone who you love. That’s what I got to do this week when my sister Mary Kate came to visit me in the Netherlands! While we have our sisterly quarrels and attitudes, there is always something reassuring about the love of sisters. No matter what I know she will always be there for me, and I hope she know’s I’m always there for her.  I’m so glad I got to help her experience something she has wanted to do since she was little: go to London! Seeing her here was so much fun and being with her was just perfect! Thank you Mary so much for coming to visit me, it truly meant the world to me!

 

4.16.15

First day with Mary! The kids and I showed her all around the Kasteel. It’s so nice to have my sister here!

4.17.15

Arrived in London! First win of the day was finding Kombucha at the train station, our second win was finding our way to our hostel, and our third win was Mary having her first legal beer of her life!

4.18.15

First full day of London was so exciting and fun! We did everything Sherlock related and saw most of the city! I only put up a few pictures, but this weekend I will have a blog post on goingdutchtravels.wordpress.com, so stay tuned for that!

4.19.15

After Mass at Westminister Cathedral, we made our way to Wimbledon…home of the only sport Mary actually likes. It was so fun to see her extremely excited about stepping foot in this iconic tennis club. After that we went back and explored London more and finally we finished the day eating at Jamie’s Italian–the restaurant of Mary’s favorite cook, Jamie Oliver.

4.20.15

Our last day was a half day, but we still fit in so much! Mainly, seeing The Globe Theatre and Platform 9 3/4.  Again, check my travel blog this weekend for a more detailed account of our trip!

4.21.15

Surprisingly, we didn’t take many pictures today. We spent the day playing with the kids and trying to figure out how much of my stuff could fit in Mary’s suitcase.  Oh…and Mary made BOMB Enchiladas and they were amazing!

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4.22.15

For Mary’s last day we went to Utrecht, a city in the Netherlands. However, we didn’t do/see much because it was very cold when we got there and we didn’t want to pay for museums, so we walked around for a little while, did some touristy shopping, and then went back home. Nothing too crazy happened after that because we had to be off in the morning at 4:30 to catch Mary’s flight back home. Oh, also, I finished the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed –I’ll post a review of it next week!

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And that’s my wonderful week for you! Spending it with Mary was so much fun, not only because I finally had a travel buddy, but because she is just a blast to be around!

Talk to you all next week, and again, look for my London post on my travel blog this weekend!

365 Days of Joy: Week 14

I’ve decided to do 365 days of joy this year (inspired by the wonderful Raquel Kato, author of the Story of a Rose blog).  Some posts my be long, some may be only a sentence, but the important thing is finding joy in your everyday life, because there are so many things to be joyful about, and I tend to forget that. I’ll be posting one every week, and hopefully, along with joy, I can gain a little consistency in my life. 😉  So here we go, week 14!

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4.2.15

Lambert-Joseph has the idea that everything yellow in nature is used to make honey, and today he explained to me how mixing salty things with a dandelion makes honey…he was also very surprised I didn’t know how to already.

I made Chili for the family, and while they said it didn’t smell American, it tasted American 🙂

Elisabeth is really into tickling right now and Lambert-Joseph yells “Picante! Picante!” whenever she tickles him….I have no idea why.

4.3.15

Good Friday–the day the greatest sacrifice known to mankind was made. The joy however, comes from us knowing the end result!

4.4.15

The village had an easter egg hunt at the castle for the kids, and a lot of people came to participate, so that was exciting.

I saw this quote on Facebook, and it gave me chills:

“There is a Great Silence on Earth today, a great silence and stillness. Silence because the King is asleep. God has died in the flesh and Hell trembles with fear.”

Watched LOTR “The Return of the King” because it’s probably one of the most Holy Saturday appropriate movie that I have…I mean, it’s called The Return of the King…that’s straight up Biblical.

4.5.15

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

Today, I was actually a little homesick, as it usually is on Holidays, but that was cured by a nice long convo with the family back home, lots of chocolate, and delicious Georgian wine. Fun fact, Georgia (the Country, not State) is actually where wine originated from.

4.6.15

Lazy Easter Monday= reading a lot, watching copious amounts of Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart videos, and a short, but very sweet, Facetime with the big bro, Jack 🙂 Also, this isn’t the first time I have had this, but I want to tell you guys of the greatness of Speculoos butter…OMG it’s a cookie in peanut butter form…it’s AMAZING!

4.7.15

We played outside all day! The weather is beautiful and warm, putting all of us in a good mood! Also, the Minnesota Wild clinched playoff spot–What Up!

4.8.15

Tulip garden trip! Went to the Keurkenhof gardens! You can read more about it on my travel blog by clicking HERE!

Well, that’s my week! This upcoming week I’m getting ready for Mary to come on Wednesday and enjoying the wonderful weather! Hope all is well with everyone back home, or wherever you are!

Pax Ex!