8 amazing facts about The Netherlands you probably haven’t heard of before

The Dutch culture could sometimes appear a bit strange to you, because you are probably not used to all the habits of the Dutchies. Don’t worry, because as soon as you recognize some of these habits, you will discover that they are actually fun (and sometimes make sense). In this article we have summed up the 8 most amazing facts for you.

  1.       Dutchies are the largest consumers of licorice in the world.

The whole population eats more than 32 million kilos per year of this chewy stuff called “drop”.

  1.       On the 5th of December the Dutch celebrate a winter holiday named “Sinterklaas”.

This holiday is centered around St. Nicholas, the same figure around whom the holiday of Christmas is based. Make sure to eat lots of “pepernoten” (small Speculoos bites), “chocolade letters” (letters made out of chocolate) and “gevuld speculaas” (speculoos filled with almond paste).

  1.       In Lisse you find the largest flower garden of the world called “De Keukenhof”.

In the gardens you can see more than 800 different tulips. A must visit in spring! When are you going to plan your visit to see all these tulips?

  1.       Spring officially has sprung when women can wear skirts again on Rokjesdag (skirt day).

Every year in the early spring, the Dutch decide when Rokjesdag will take place. This is always on one of the first days in spring when it actually feels warm outside (around 20 degrees). On this day, women will start showing off their bare legs by wearing skirts.

  1.       The Dutch say hello to each other with three kisses on the cheek.

This is an informal way of greeting each other. Friends mostly give a hug and/or one kiss on the cheek.

  1.       French fries are always served with mayonnaise.

The Dutch love to put a lot of sauce on their French fries, preferably a mix of different sauces. The most common mixes of sauces are mayonnaise, peanut sauce and onions (known as “patatje oorlog”) or mayonnaise, ketchup and onion (known as “patatje speciaal”).

  1.       Dutch men are the tallest men in the world.

Girls, do we need to say more?

  1.    The Dutch have the lowest incidence of lactose intolerance.

An actual reason why they eat lots and lots of cheese.

How fast will you be able to adjust to the Dutch culture? Let us know which of these facts are new to you!


How to maintain a long distance relationship with a Dutchie?

As summer is approaching, so is the time for many of you to say goodbye to your new friends, Utrecht and perhaps even a Dutch lover. Saying goodbye can be hard, especially when you’ve fallen for a special someone from another country. Nobody says it’s gonna be easy;  that’s why we’re providing you with some tips to help you maintain a long distance relationship with your Dutch lover or just your Dutch friends!

Make sure to bring home frozen bitterballen

This snack is one of the most typical Dutch foods. A yummy fried meatball with some mayonnaise, accompanied by some cold drinks on a terrace… That’s the image that pops into my mind when I think of Dutch summer. So what better way to bring home a bit of the Netherlands than bringing some frozen bitterballen? Of course, this tip is only for those of you who don’t have to travel home too far. You can easily fry them at home and share them with your family and friends. This way, your family and friends at home will fall in love with the Netherlands immediately (and indirectly with your newly found lover or friends). The old saying ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’ is definitely applicable here.

Communication is key

As you might have noticed, the Dutch are not known for their communication skills. We’re famous for our directness and don’t share our emotions and feelings too easily. That makes communicating with your Dutch partner or friends even more important. In today’s world it’s easy to stay in touch via Facebook or Skype, but in order to truly make your friendship or relationship work, you have to dig a bit deeper. Try talking to each other on a regular basis, talk about your expectations and don’t be afraid to tell the other how you feel. However, be careful to not overdo it since too much planned talking or texting can take the spontaneity out of your relation and ruin it.

Seize the opportunity to travel

Having friends abroad is the perfect excuse to travel more often. Plan visits to each other, so that your Dutch friends can also see your home country. But visiting each other shouldn’t be the only travelling for you; try to explore new countries together, so you can create long-lasting memories and make the times you see each other even more special. Check out the new Abroad magazine (arriving on your doorstep within two weeks) for more information on travelling with Erasmus friends.

Keep up your Dutch vocabulary

As said above, communication is key. Even though many Dutchies have an excellent level of speaking English, you can easily charm us if you’re able to speak some Dutch tous. You might have learned a few words or sentences here and there, but try keeping up your Dutch skills even when you’ve returned home. But how can one do that when no one around you speaks Dutch? Try watching Dutch movies with subtitles on Netflix, or practice your Dutch using the DuoLingo app.

Believe in your relationship

You might enjoy the idea of staying together despite the distance, but after a few months apart you will probably both start to realize the difficulty of a long distance relationship or friendship. If you want to make it work, it’s crucial to keep reminding each other of your love for one another. Confirmation of your commitment to each other can make or break your relationship. Both parties have to be willing to work through the problems that inevitably will arise, instead of dropping the relationship at the first sign of difficulties. Believe in your relationship or friendship, and I assure you: everything will work out eventually.

For more tips on saying goodbye, check out the coming edition of the Abroad magazine, filled with must see’s and do’s for your final weeks in the Netherlands.


4th of May: Honoring those who passed during WW2 in the Netherlands

The horror that happened during World War II has brought about a spread of suffering across Europe. The Netherlands, however, is the only country that commemorates the victims on two separate days. On May 4th we pay a tribute to the lives we lost due to wartime violence (Remembrance day) and on the consecutive day, May 5th, we celebrate our regained freedom. May 5th 1945 is the day on which the German army capitulated. Members of the Dutch resistance found it was inappropriate to combine the remembrance of the people who died, and the celebration of our freedom on the same day. This is why the Dutch government decided, just years after the war ended, to use two separate days. They felt like the emotions that went along with both events were incompatible. We agree, which is why we will use this blog to inform you on the Netherlands during wartime, and the remembrance of those who passed. If you want more info on Liberation day, and the accompanying events, check out our recent blogpost.

The Netherlands during wartime (1940 – 1945)

During the first World War the Netherlands maintained a status of neutrality. Despite the neutral status, the country was pressured extensively due to its geographical position between the German Empire, occupied Belgium and the UK. After the start of World War II, the Netherlands proclaimed neutrality again, however this time, the neutral status ended quickly when Hitler decided that Nazi Germany should invade the Netherlands.

A German attack on the Netherlands on the 10th of May 1940 announced the beginning of the second World War in the Netherlands.  On May 14th Germany demanded capitulation of Rotterdam, one of the most important transportation ports in the continent. Even though the city agreed to capitulation, the Germans nevertheless bombed the city. The people of Rotterdam had nothing they could do, but to seek a place to hide from the violence. Around 800 to 900 people were killed, and big parts of the city (an estimated 30.000 buildings) were completely ruined during this horrific night.

Life in the occupied Netherlands

After its occupation by the Nazi’s, the Royal family and government managed to flee the country, and they became a government-in-exile in the UK. However, for the civilians of the Netherlands life got worse… The Germans had imposed forced labor on the country. All men between the age of 18 – 45 had to work in German factories or at German farms. Many tried to hide or flee. Soon after the war started, the persecution of Dutch jews, sinti and disabled people began. The Jewish Council (Joodse Raad) was installed, an organization with a board of Jewish men. The Council served as an indirect instrument for the organization of the deportation of Jews. The board was convinced by the Germans that they were helping the Jews. However, due to the orderly measures it was a lot easier for the Germans to track down Jewish families. Its effectiveness shows in the terrible amount of people who were taken and brought to concentrations camps. At the time, the Netherlands was the home of around 140.000 Jews, at the end of the war only 38.000 survivors returned home.

Next to the help of the Jewish Council, there were people that deliberately collaborated with the occupier. Some people joined the German army (Waffen-SS), other were actively involved in capturing Jews in exchange for money. Approximately 8.000 Jews were denounced to the Germans, and sent to death camps. The Dutch nationalistic movement (NSB) had its headquarter in Utrecht. This political party was also actively involved in the persecution of Dutch Jews and Sinti.

Dutch resistance

Despite the many people who helped the Germans in order to exterminate the Jewish population in the Netherlands, there were likewise people who fought against the Germans in order to protect their compatriots. The Dutch resistance started slowly, but eventually played a crucial role in the liberation of the Netherlands by the Allies. Throughout the war many small and independent resistance groups helped the Jews by falsifying food stamp cards,  collecting intelligence, publishing underground newspapers and sabotaging phonelines and railways. One of the biggest accomplishments of the Dutch resistance was the hiding of Jews. They helped families to cover up hiding places and by sheltering people in need. In total, the Dutch resistance was able to seek shelter for around 25.000 Jews. Many times the resistance was able to save the lives of young children by smuggling them to the North of the country, where they would stay with Dutch farm families until the end of the war. In addition, a secret mission succeeded and around 600 Jewish children were saved from deportation.

Commemorate those who lost their lives

The horror that took place in the Netherlands between 1940 – 1945 should never be forgotten. That is why we commemorate the lost lives on the 4th of May. On this day we honor the victims of the Second World War. However, we are aware that elsewhere in the world people are still suffering from violence and war. This day is also about them. Every year on the 4th of May at 08.00 pm the Netherlands is two minutes silent for the victims of war in the Netherlands, and around the world. Make sure you remain silent for those two minutes, as it is very important to us Dutch to be respectful towards the survivors and victims of the war. The National Committee of May 4th and 5th organizes a national memorial on the Dam square in Amsterdam, which is very impressive to attend. Additionally, many municipalities host their own memorial events.

Hopefully this blog has given you a peek in the history of war in the Netherlands. The terrible things that happened should never occur again. Show your companionship to the Dutch by standing by our side during this important day.


King’s Day: An International Perspective



“You must experience King’s day!” – September, Orientation day, Dutch Culture speech.

Before the Birthday-yay

From the moment I had arrived here I was informed of this strange, energetic and orange day. I saw photographs taken in the streets of the Netherlands blanketed with people dressed in orange, the canals dotted with their orange party boats and orange food everywhere. The week leading up to King’s day I ate orange doughnuts, I saw orange attire and the boats prepped for their orange parties.


King’s Day!

After partying the night before in Utrecht (photo above), coming home at 5 am, it was King’s day! And it truly was a day of energy, singing, dancing and peppered with orange! The streets had been cleaned of any evidence from the night before, or perhaps the rain rinsed it all away. The rain, I would like to think, was a blessing to prepare the grounds for what was to come with the many beer spillages and street food crumbs. Every square stood the main stage filling the space with a variety of music genres, live music and otherwise. Dutch, world food vans, and huts surrounded these areas creating a dance floor for people to gather, eat, drink and party. A surge of energy zipped around Utrecht as the festival was blooming – ready for the coming hours of complete Kingly appreciation. The sun made its presence just in time for the ESN King’s Day Boat party.


ESN King’s Day Boat Party!

Orange flags – check. Orange international students – check. Beer and snacks – check. Face paint for those without Dutch flags on their cheeks – check. The interior of the boat was a wave of orange décor. The tables were garnished with Heineken and snacks. Proudly, the ESN flag was presented on the side of the boat. International students were dressed in orange garments, wigs, hats, glasses, fake tattoos and any other orange accessory they could place on their body – completing the ultimate orange theme for total appreciation of King’s day! Once seated and on our way around Utrecht canals, the music began, more beer was presented, everyone was laughing and joking together and the atmosphere was full of spirit and appreciation of the Dutch King. Many other party boats, full of orange and fun, sailing past, waving and cheering, and contributing to the fantastic experience of King’s day so far. The boat party was a total success, a great attribution to the experience of King’s day and a fantastic start.

On exiting the boat, the town was beaming with even more orange than before! The streets were crowded, music was humming from all corners, the ‘free markets’ were up and running. On dancing to live bands, eating an array of food, and indulged in the Dutch culture of King’s day it is safe to say the day lived up to expectations and well and truly exhausted our bodies from the festivity and celebrations.



What follows is a few remarks of King’s day from international students studying here in Utrecht:

“I’ve never been one to get my hands dirty with public holidays, but it’s difficult to avoid the infectiousness of King’s Day. Being new to the Netherlands, I had no idea what to expect, so, donning a head of artificial orange hair, my friends and I set off to Amsterdam, our hopes and horizons begging to be expanded. It’s safe to say we weren’t disappointed. Streets lined with thousands of people, bodies emblazoned with every form of neon orange clothing imaginable, and music pumping through the crowd, the spirit of King’s Day was truly alive and well.

To celebrate, my friends and I decided to attend a King’s Day festival just outside the city, where a number of DJs would be playing a range of different music. Before long, the drinks were flowing and limbs were flailing in a fashion vaguely reminiscent of dance. The event, though small, had an appreciated sense of intimacy that is rare for festivals, and one that meant it wasn’t too difficult to find the friend that inevitably loses themselves in the crowd after a few too many beers. A package well worth the money, in my opinion.

For me, King’s Day embodied everything I’d hoped for from studying abroad. Often, parties can be repetitive, but King’s Day offered more than just a few drinks and a bit of dancing. It gave me an insight into a huge part of what it means to be Dutch, and the values and culture that is so important to the Netherlands, and what more can you ask for! This might have been my first King’s Day, but it certainly won’t be my last!” – Tyler – England


“I enjoyed the idea of the second-hand stuff. Because of these stalls, I walked into different parts of Utrecht which I would not have done before, I found this quite cute. I enjoyed the ESN King’s boat!” –  Vivian – HongKong


“Kingsday was a spark of orange in everyday life. Utrecht buzzed with life with people from all over the world gathered together to celebrate the king’s birthday. If you haven’t done it already I strongly recommend you to experience this event at least once in your lifetime.

You won’t regret it!” – Giorgenzo – Italy

“what I really enjoyed was the public events, how everybody was out on the streets and the whole society kicked back and enjoyed the night/day. It was just good fun getting dressed up and getting drunk, and a good reason to wear luminous shades of orange for the first time in my life!” – Angus – New Zealand

‘This was my second Kingsday in the Netherlands, but it was definitely an unforgettable one! I went with my friends to the Kingsland Festival, where the cheerful crowd and great music created such a good vibe. If you wanted to party and dance all day, this was the perfect place to be!’ – Una- Croatia


“Amazing atmosphere throughout the city! I loved the flee markets and the mini bands that played on the streets! A really enjoyable experience!” – Sian – England

Who the hell is Willy?

Kingsday is coming up and you’ve probably heard all about this fantastic feast with orange, boats, parades and lots and lots of beers. Oh, and maybe the king? Yeah… well, the feast after all has been named after this good-humoured guy. More than about time to get to know more about Mr. Willem-Alexander van Oranje! Here are some facts to learn more about him.

The king was born in Utrecht

On the 27th of April 1967 a little prince with a very long name (Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand) was born at the University Medical Center in Utrecht. He was the firstborn of Princess Beatrix and her husband Prince Claus. Upon his birth, his official royal title was ‘’His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands’’ and his destiny was decided.

Young Willem-Alexander and his brother Constantijn

He was nicknamed Prince Pils(ener)

Like most people, Willem-Alexander had the time of his life during his studies. He left the palace and moved to a student house in the old university town Leiden in the 1980s. Willem-Alexander fully emerged himself into student life and joined a sorority. He took part in the joys of student life with enthusiasm and one of his new hobbies became drinking beers with his study mates, hence the nicknames Prince Pils, Prince Crown Cap and Wild Willem. Besides the fact that Willem-Alexander was also truly devoted to his studies, his wild image got confirmed again when he drove his car into the canals after a party. Lucky enough the prince didn’t get hurt, but he has never lost the image of Prince Pils.

W.A. in 1986

Willy is a sporty spice

Next to being a jolly fellow who loves to have a beer with his friends, Willem-Alexander also became known for his love for sports. In 1986 the 18-year-old prince took part in the Elfstedentocht, a legendary Dutch ice skating tournament. To stay anonymous Willem-Alexander signed up under the name W.A. van Buren, but soon TV reporters noticed that a royal joined the race. Dressed in a Playboy pants and Marlboro jacket he skated the 200 kilometres and finished the tour of the tours. Six years after this feat of strength the crown prince again showed his talent for endurance sports by finishing the New York Marathon in 4,5 hours. Nowadays the king shows his love for sports being a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Willem-Alexander and Máxima visiting the Holland Heineken House with Vladimir Putin at the Olympics in Sochi

Kingsday is only celebrated since 2013

Until 2013 the Dutchies never heard of a feast called Kingsday, the day we celebrated until that year was Queensday! Since 1949 Queensday was celebrated on the 30th of April, the birthday of the former queen Juliana and the mother of queen Beatrix. When Beatrix became queen in 1980, she decided to keep on celebrating Queensday in honour of her mother. Nevertheless, Beatrix’ birthday was on 31 January, a day in the middle of winter and not very fit for a big outdoors event. So she decided to keep on the 30th of April. When Willem-Alexander became king the day was moved a few days to his birthday ánd became Kingsday. Still some people get confused. Mostly tourists who have an outdated Lonely Planet, standing disillusioned on the Dam square dressed up in orange on the 30th of April. In 2013, the year in which Willem-Alexander became king, the name and the date changed.

The king is married to the Argentinian beauty Máxima

W.A. didn’t easily pick a girl to become the queen of the Netherlands. For years the Dutch people were left in suspense while the crown prince had different girlfriends. There were rumours that the queen mother didn’t approve his girlfriends, mostly normal student girls. In 1999 the prince met the smart and beautiful Máxima Zorreguieta at a gala in Sevilla. The Argentinian unsuspectingly accepted an invitation to dance and kissed the blond man for the first time. Apparently, only later she discovered that the man who simply introduced himself as Alexander was the crown prince of the Netherlands. When she recovered from the first shock the relationship went fast and on the perfect date 02-02-02 the royal marriage took place.


Satire television made him popular

Born and raised near to the court-capital Willem-Alexander has a slight Hague accent which became the object of derision after his inauguration. W.A. became depicted as a common man with a heavy Hague dialect with a love for happy hardcore and blunt remark called Willy. Queen Máxima was his sidekick with a heavy Argentinian accent and an incredibly hard laugh. There are a few videos in English, so enjoy!

The makers of Luckytv didn’t spare the royals of the British royal family either, see this episode about the wedding of William and Kate.

Hopefully king Willem-Alexander became somewhat more alive for you. So now dig up your ugliest orange t-shirt, find your inner Willy and cheer to the birthday of our king! Hooray!

Celebrate Liberation Day at these amazing freedom festivals!

On the 5th of May the entire country goes crazy as it will be Liberation Day! This day, following remembrance day on May 4th, is all about celebrating that our country was liberated on the 5th of May 1945 from the second World War, and I assure you, we’re quite good at celebrating our freedom! Throughout the country cost-free festivals are organized to pay a tribute to the freedom we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy.

What are we celebrating?

After five horrific years of war, Nazi Germany surrendered on may 5th 1940, and a state of ecstasy erupted across the entire country. Ever since that joyful day the Netherlands has been celebrating their acquired freedom on this day. It is important to us Dutchies to stay aware of the fact that freedom is not something we can take for granted. On this day we also realize the vulnerability that freedom encompasses. Even though we celebrate our freedom today, we should not forget the suffering of millions of people around the globe due to armed conflicts and suppression. The 5th of May therefore does not only revolve about our freedom, but also about contemplating the people who do not have the opportunity to speak, think and act as they like.

Party with the Dutch

If you want to experience true Dutch happiness with a hint of nationalism you should definitely party with us on this exceptional day! Throughout the day festivities are hosted in various cities across the country. Obviously, Utrecht hosts the most awesome one! With free entrance, cool performances by famous Dutch artists we can ensure you that there will be an amazing vibe. Additionally, you can enjoy the sun, good music and order some food at one of the many food trucks. The location of the festival is Park Transwijk, which is easily reachable by bike or bus. Check out their website for more information. Make sure you don’t miss out on the after-party hosted at Tivoli!

Another famous festival we can recommend you is hosted in Haarlem: Bevrijdingspop Haarlem. With over 150,000 visitors last year, it is  is one of the biggest festivals on Liberation Day in the country, . If you’re up for some sightseeing you should definitely check out both the city of Haarlem and its amazing festival. Many popular Dutch artists are performing such as De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig and Douwe Bob (Check them out on YouTube!).

Music in Amsterdam

Besides the festivals, the National Committee of May 4th and 5th organizes an official Liberation Concert. The concert takes place on the Amstel river in Amsterdam. Every year another orchestra hosts the event. This year the Metropole Orchestra, led by chef-choir master Jules Buckley. Other Dutch artists will be accompanying the orchestra on this special night. You can enjoy the concert from the docks alongside the river. If you’re not up for a trip to Amsterdam, it is also possible to watch the event on national television (NPO 1, 20:30h).

Don’t hesitate and come celebrate our freedom on this important date. We honor our freedom by reminiscing on what we have, and what other people around the globe should also deserve. How do you celebrate freedom in your country? Let us know in the comments and pass on that peaceful sensation!

Make these pink eggs to impress everyone with Easter brunch

Everyone is capable of making these amazing(ly easy)pink eggs. They are a great dish to shine with at your Easter brunch.

Yes! We have a month with feast days again! On the 16th and 17th we celebrate Easter in the Netherlands. For some people this are important days because of their religious beliefs. However, most of us Dutchies just have a big brunch with friends and family.

As an international student, this is a great opportunity to have a spectacular lunch with your friends! Do you want to make something that really stands out and is delicious? Then this Easter recipe is great for you. You can find this and more recipes in the Allerhande (magazine of Albert Heijn), but because that’s all in Dutch, we have a English version of the recipe for you.


To learn some Dutch, or just to find the products in the supermarket we will also tell you the Dutch terms:

  • 6 eggs (eieren)
  • 705 g jar of red beets (pot rode bieten schijven zoetzuur)
  • 50 ml red wine vinegar (rodewijnazijn)
  • 4 T.B. white caster sugar (witte basterdsuiker
  • 3 T.B. mayonnaise 
  • 1 teaspoon vadouvan spices (vadouvan specerijenmengsel)
  • 5 g flat parsley (platte peterselie)

Kitchen equipment

  • Blender (blender of staafmixer)
  • Piping bag (spuitzak)

Only 5 steps of preparation!

  1. Boil the eggs for 8 minutes. Let them cool off in cold water, peel them and put them aside in a bowl.
  2. Puree the beets with the juice of the beets, the red wine vinegar and the sugar. Sieve the mix over the eggs until they are fully covered in it. Cover the bowl and leave it in the fridge for 12 hours (this will make the eggs pink).
  3. Cut the eggs lengthwise into two halves. Remove the yolk and put it in a separate bowl. Mix the mayonnaise, the vadouvan spices (or other spices if you want) and the yolk. Add some pepper and salt. Fill up the piping bag with the mix.
  4. Squirt the mix into the hollow eggs. Cut the parsley and sprinkle it on top.
  5. Voila! Now you have pink eggs!

Please take a picture for us and post it if you decide to make them! Happy Easter!

The Pirates Beer Cantus!

The beer cantus. Bandana with a skull cross? Check. Long rows of international students sat at benches? Check. Sailor striped shirts, beer in the right hand and song book in the left? Ay-Ay-Captain!


The room is dim, a warm hue of red accentuates our features to a recognisable state. The rules are read out to the scallywags, being the participants, and the games began. Stand up, empty cup in your right hand, song book on the left, music starts, and we all robotically start attempting the Dutch national anthem. It was awful; a croaking slur of unintelligible discourse combined with miming and dancing eyebrows suggesting a complete inability to say the words. Some mumbled to the pattern of others, presumably the Dutch residents, the captain. While the anthem was underway, an assistant with a watering can marked ‘ESN’ filled our glasses, probably getting the full witness of the singing capabilities.

This was standard, every song an assistant would walk across the table watering, with beer, the glasses full to the brim. In between songs was the only opportunity to take a sip of the drink without permission, and usually, the captain would call for all participants to down their drink. Not only this, but those who failed to sing or look like they were singing the song correctly were punished. The punishments were as followed:

Walk the Plank!

The committee was ‘punished’ with the board from the year before. Like llamas, they were to spit… beer… at the opposing committee until the glass was empty. All punishments take place on a stage for all to see. Of course, the participants enjoyed this show and called for an encore, or should I be more specific, “one more time” was chanted and subsequently, without questions, the captain agreed, and they again spat more beer at each other. Lekker.

Another show involved four international students that needed to read a Dutch quote out loud and accurate, two failed, and two did well. The ones who failed were handed a drink to down all in one. Again, another four needed to drink with their hand twisted holding the full cup, meaning there was no movement in the wrist and plenty of beer all over the face. The spectators also attempted this challenge themselves.

There was a task from which four people were blindfolded, and the remaining four needed to get on their knees in front and have the beer poured into their mouth. The waterfall of beer neatly showered the faces of those receiving the punishment, and then the roles were reversed. All participants returned to their stations with wet faces and shirts. Similarly, this happened again except with a strainer. Yes, a strainer. The beer was sprinkled, like an opening flower, over the faces of the receiver and vice versa. A nice refreshing spring-kler shower.

Various other tasks had taken place. The scallywags would have downed their 5th round of drinks, belly bloated and burping the lyrics. Everyone was in high spirit, happy and drunk. The captain had fun running around placing the mic into the faces of scallywags so everyone else could enjoy the out of tune drunk burping. Ironically, yet presumably intentionally, the final song was Celine Dion ‘My Heart Will Go On”. All in all, it is a great night, one that everyone should at least experience once. Which, by the way, is the 30th May!


“It was ARRRRRRsome!” – Siȃn

“Songs, beer and friends” – Giorgenzo

“If you like singing that’s the event you are looking for!” – Valentina

Chocolate Heaven – how to bake your own Arretjescake! (no oven needed)

It happens to the best of us, wanting to use all your creativity for a baking session when you suddenly remember that your student home is devoid of an oven or you find that your housemates have claimed it all day long to heat their frozen pizza’s. Then, and more so because it is extremely delicious, I advise you to try and make Arretjescake!

With this easy-going recipe you have enough cake to get all your housemates, mom and neighbours into a sugar-chocolate coma. If you meet Dutchies from across the Netherlands, each of them will tell you different ingredients to add to your Arretjescake as each region has their own styles. This recipe will deliver you the recipe from the province of Limburg! (source; my grandma; picture of a finished product will follow shortly)


10 tablespoons of sugar

5 tablespoons cacao

1 package of butter (about 200 grammes)

2 rolls of Mariakoekjes

3 eggs

Cake mold

Aluminium foil

Stuff for arretjescake 2

The How To

Cover your cake mold with aluminium foil. Melt the butter carefully in a pan or in a microwave, keep stirring so that it doesn’t boil. While you melt the butter, add the sugar, cacao and eggs together in a bowl and whisk. Add the molten butter to this mixture and ensure that the sugar has dissolved completely to prevent clumps. Take your Mariakoekjes and crush them by, for example, breaking them above your bowl with your hands, enfolding them in a towel and jumping on it or cracking them with a hammer; all room for creativity here! Stir your entire mixture so that all your cookies are covered by a chocolaty mix and if you like you can add additional tastemakers here such as mocca, nuts, almonds, liquor, basically anything you enjoy. Pour/scoop your mixture into your cake mold, place in the fridge for at least 24 hours and enjoy an amazing chocolate heaven!




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