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The Swiss are known for their punctuality

Swiss Punctuality

February 27, 2013 | By Ute Limacher-Riebold

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. When talking about Switzerland, people usually think about mountains, chocolate, cheese and watches. In the 16 years I’ve lived […]

Christi Madrid and her family

Adopting a Name

February 22, 2013 | By Christi Madrid

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. When I fell head over heels for my husband Marco, I was eager to learn his culture as well. […]

Jody and her new friends in Zambia

Traditional Kaonde Greetings

February 13, 2013 | By Jody Tilbury

This post is part of our “Adopt a Culture” series where bloggers tell us about customs they have adopted from a culture other than their own. I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer more years ago then I care to admit (1998-2000) and lived with […]

Intercultural communication is a necessity in expat life

Successful intercultural communication

January 14, 2013 | By Olga Mecking

If you’re moving to a new country, you’re going to meet and interact with people who speak a different language, eat different things, or behave differently when relating to each other. Maybe you will work with them, or have daily conversations with them. Here are […]

This cake uses ricotta and chocolate without any butter or eggs, making it diet and kid friendly

Perfect Party Cake for Kids

December 7, 2012 | By Roberta Billai

If you participate in any of the Facebook groups for moms in The Hague, you have likely seen some of Roberta Billai’s fabulous recipes. This lovely ricotta and chocolate cake recently made the rounds as the ideal cake for parties for small children. It doesn’t […]

Mini workshops can be a nice addition to playgroups

Great ideas for playgroups

October 24, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Are you looking for some new ideas to liven up your playgroup? Here are some great ones: LET’S GET MESSY (from the Breda Expats Little Monkeys Group): The Breda Expats had me hooked with just the name of this event. These arts and crafts sessions […]


The cool moms at my playgroup

October 11, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

This past weekend at the Expatica “I am not a tourist” fair, I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely woman from Delft. I was super excited to talk to her about DelftMaMa, but it turned out she was already a member. She wanted to […]

Nomad Parents National Moms Night Out in Delft, Netherlands

Me Time: Our Mom’s Night Out

August 1, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

On July 26, 2012, moms all around the Netherlands came out for an evening of fun and conversation. We worked with expat groups around the country to organize happy hours in 6 different cities. Some groups were small and others large, but everyone said that […]

A good babysitter is a must for expat families in the Netherlands

Me Time: Babysitters 101

July 31, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

We have talked a lot this month about the importance of Me Time and some ideas on how you can carve out time from your busy schedule. However, sometimes Me Time should really be Us Time – in other words a time for you and […]


Me Time: Get Out for an Evening

July 26, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

Tonight is our first ever National Mom’s Night Out and in honor of this exciting event, we thought a reminder about the importance of getting out of the house was in order. DIANA PRINCE MOMENT We moms live the opposite lifestyle of most superheroes. By […]


Me Time: The Magic Hour

July 17, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

If I am lucky, I manage to get a couple of nights out of the house per month. That’s right, I said per month. So I have had to be creative in finding ways to carve out some “me time” in my people-filled house. Here […]

Finding time for yourself is so important when you are a mom

Me Time: Why It’s Important

July 10, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

One of the most amazing things about becoming a mother is how quickly your child becomes the most important thing in your life. Expanding waistline, sleepless nights, giving up your favorite food and drinks for 9+ months, missing work and canceling plans. These are all […]

The DelftMaMa group gave me a ready-made community in the Netherlands.

Finding a Community

May 12, 2012 | By Lynn Morrison

I moved to the Netherlands in the summer of 2009 with an 8 week old baby. Neither my husband nor I knew anyone in the Netherlands and we had barely even visited before deciding to move. The only thing working in our favor was that […]

Grandparents using the computer

Only a Hop, Skip and a Jump Away

May 5, 2012 | By Ken Morrison

Several years ago, when my daughter moved from the U.S.A. to the Netherlands with her husband and my very first granddaughter, I wondered how often I would be able to see them. With jobs and limited vacation time, my wife and I could only see […]

Expat moms are happier when they make friends

Making Friends as an Expat Woman

May 4, 2012 | By Rosalind Van Aalen

As an expatriate – a large part of the adventure is making new friends. Meeting the other members of the expatriate community is the first step to acclimatizing to a new home. However, familiarizing yourself with the people whose homeland it is can take a […]