IamExpat's top 10 articles from 2022
Christmas is over - the presents have been unwrapped, the turkey has been eaten - and as 2022 draws to a close, we've been enjoying taking a look back at some of the items on IamExpat that you all enjoyed the most this year.
We already know which 10 news stories have proven the most popular, but which articles could you just not get enough of? These are IamExpat's top articles from 2022.
1. 11 best Christmas markets to visit in the Netherlands in 2022
And okay, yes, we know we literally just said that Christmas is over, but the good news is that a lot of these events are still happening! Looking for something to fill your days with, or just on the hunt for a way to hold onto a little bit of that festive cheer? Go on, take another look at our picks for the 11 best Christmas markets in the Netherlands.
2. Help, I’ve been Dutchified! 7 signs you’ve been living in the Netherlands for too long
Love it or hate it, but spend a significant amount of time in a new country and you start to adopt some of that country's customs and habits. Want to know how Dutch you've become since moving to the Netherlands? Use this list as a handy guide to find out whether or not you've been Dutchified.
3. How someone in the Netherlands can help people in Ukraine
This entry is a pretty heartwarming one; all year, people across the Netherlands have been looking for ways they can do their bit and lend a hand to those suffering as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine back in February. Many months may have passed, but there are still some ways that you can help!
4. What is Sint-Maarten and how can you celebrate it?
When you and your family move to a new country, there are plenty of weird or unfamiliar customs and traditions for you to acquaint yourself with. In the Netherlands, one of those traditions is Sint-Maarten. But what is it, and how do you celebrate it? Well, read this guide for everything you need to know about Sint-Maarten.
5. Estimating the costs of renovating your home
Have you decided it's time for your home to get a much-needed makeover? Well, the first step towards transforming your home is figuring out what you want to do and how much it will cost (and whether or not you're budget will cover your plans). Looking for some tips? We've got you covered!
6. 6 tips to prevent your bike from being stolen in the Netherlands
One hazard of living in the Netherlands? Someone decides your bike looks pretty great, and instead of buying their own, they decide to just take yours. But is there anything you can do to avoid this happening to you? Of course there is; we've got six tips to prevent your bike from being stolen.
7. The Dutch Christmas? An expat guide to Sinterklaas in the Netherlands
Another unfamiliar Dutch tradition for expats who move to the Netherlands? Sinterklaas! So, what, who, and when is this Dutch holiday celebrated? And who are the Pieten? And how do you celebrate Sinterklaas!? Well don't worry, here's everything you need to know about Sinterklaas.
8. Why is Ascension day (Hemelvaart) a public holiday in the Netherlands?
You guys really loved reading about Dutch holidays this year! In at number eight, we've got an article that answers every question you might have about Hemelvaart - or Ascension Day - which happens to be one of the few public holidays celebrated in the Netherlands.
9. 8 magnificent hikes to do in the Netherlands this autumn
Just because the Netherlands is flat doesn't mean there aren't some beautiful hiking routes out there! So, enjoy our picks for some of the most magnificent hikes for you to check out the next time the sun is shining.
10. 6 weird and wonderful Dutch wedding traditions
And last but most certainly not least, we've got one for all the old romantics out there. Looking to inject a little bit of "Dutch" into your wedding ceremony? You might be interested in reading all about these six weird and wonderful Dutch wedding traditions.