Learning a new language from scratch as an adult is not always easy. For some, learning Dutch may be quite difficult given that some of the sounds aren’t common in other languages. However, luckily, there are several ways in which you can learn this new language during your stay in Utrecht! 

Have you heard about or perhaps already tried the typical winter dish Boerenkool but you have no idea on how to cook it at home? ESN has the secret recipe to cook the old-Dutch Boerenkool that will get you through the cold winter months! The other good news? It’s not expensive at all!

Here is the theme of Dutch art again, but this time painters vs. movies. There are several artists or works of art that became an inspiration for a script… and there were a lot of them. I will give three proposals, which may also convince those not particularly interested in this topic.

Did you ever ask yourself why the traffic light near Neude looks like a bunny? Well, I asked one of my fellow Dutch students and the answer I’ve got was: “It’s not just any bunny, it’s Nijntje!”. So who or what is Nijntje?

Just like with every other country, the idea that internationals have about the Netherlands is often based or at least influenced by a lot of stereotypes. Some are cruel, some funny and some are just complete nonsense. But quite a lot of them are (kind of) true and they can be explained.

It is almost that time of the year again: the time to dress up as anything and go out on the street to celebrate! It is almost Carnaval! This weekend the streets will turn multi-colored and you won’t recognize anyone you might have known. That is… if you are in the south of the Netherlands.

A seemingly simple question is a bit difficult to answer. And this difficulty comes from its simplicity. Dutch cuisine is limited to a few recipes from the time when farmers had a limited number of ingredients at their disposal. When it comes to the ‘dinner-like’ dishes, the very first thing that comes to my mind is stamppot.

We know that it might be frustrating to have to stay inside now that the weather is finally better and Spring is on it’s way! You might have planned a trip to some places that are great to visit in Spring, such as… the Keukenhof. This beautiful park is the largest flower park in the world and one of the most visited attractions of the Netherlands.