Local Heart, Global Soul

About Kiwidutch

chefpop9 (Small)So Who is Kiwidutch? a food obsessed, cooking crazy, attention-to-detail craftwork , travel freak who happens to love photography of all of the above.

A multi cultural, multi lingual product of what’s fast becoming a typical 21st century family, i.e. spread out between the Northern and Southern hemispheres due to marriage, job, kids and wider family tree ties.

I’m interested in supporting local products, business and people, but also love to encourage a wider International way of thinking, learning and communicating so the ” Local Heart, Global Soul” title of this blog completely sums up my thinking on Life, living abroad, my love of travel and how I want to be as a human being.

I follow nzedge.com to keep up to date with what the small population of Kiwi’s ( New Zealanders) are doing as they venture around the world and ” Local Heart, Global Soul” was a phrase from nzedge that I connected with so instantly that I asked permission to thieve err ….borrow it for my blog name. Permission was duly given and credit where it is due: kudos Brian from nzedge for conveying such an insightful thought in such a succinct way.

Yes, I stitched the dude in my icon photo too…

This blog has two intended purposes, firstly to convey to others my passion for all things cuisine, travel, photography and crafts and to impart some of my knowledge and experiences of the aforementioned in a hopefully entertaining way so that the reader can learn from my experiences.

I like to put a Dutch emphasis into my Blog, ‘cos well, I live here for 18 years and counting…. if I can be of help to others intending to visit or getting settled here then great ! My passion for all things Portuguese will tend to creep in too though, and our travels… bear with me and sift though the tags to find info that interests you, or just ask.

Secondly: the blog is intended to make a kind of a journal for my children of my adventures, our travels (especially our travels when they are young and their attention and retention of it all is rather too much for them to comprehend and remember) and a place for me to note down the lighter points of their young lives,  so that a family record is established, for them and future generations.

I want to tell my kids about my Grandparents, my childhood, my favourite places and recipes and a history of our country and city as they grow up, because by the time they are grown, it will be yet different again. I want to pass on small items of personal detail, like the advice that my Gran gave to me:  (the bakers amongst you will especially understand) ” the most important things you will ever need in your kitchen are: clean hands and strong arms.

However, I do not wish to give out too much personal information on the Web, and don’t wish to have our faces or real names on the internet, so for security reasons, write under my internet screen name of “Kiwidutch” and my husband is referred to in this blog as ” husband”, “hubby” or “Himself”.

The “Himself” in question is a fully certificated freelance Dutch/English, and English/Dutch translator, but all of the Kiwidutch household speak, amongst other languages, both Dutch and English… ( and very handy it is too)

I have taken all of the photos in this blog myself… and they are not for free use or to be downloaded or copied: if you are interested in any of them please contact me via the comments box.

This is a blog about my passions… cooking, craft, art, photography with snippets of how my family and I live and interact in the culture and country we live in or the one that we are currently visiting.

I hope that if you too have a Local Heart and a Global Soul, that you will join me in my sojourn…

p.s. some of you have asked how to subscribe to this blog… I didn’t know so asked other WordPress members who did… They advised “There is no Followers thingy here like there is at Blogspot. More sophisticated readers use RSS to subscribe to a blog, and since you’re using the Meta Widget, the RSS link is right in your sidebar. People can subscribe via that.”

I think that in non-technico speak, that if you click on the little orange icon that looks like sound waves on the top right side of my main page then you can subscribe. Thanks !

Ok, an update: this Youtube clip is an EXCELLENT  explaination of RSS  (well if I can “get it”  after this video clip then you certainly won’t have any problem at all  !)



  1. Very informative and I love your photography.

    Comment by I just discovered you — September 21, 2009 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Sage! You know you have offically caught the “shutter bug” when you start carrying the camera around everywhere you go, even going to work… after all, you never know what georgous photo is out there waiting for you, right? 🙂 Foodies and photographers unite hey!?

      Comment by Kiwidutch — September 22, 2009 @ 5:05 am | Reply

  2. I am new at this blogging thing but I am interested in following you. With Bloggers there is a spot to do this but I can’t find it here.

    Comment by I just discovered you — September 22, 2009 @ 9:49 am | Reply

    • Thanks Sage!… I’m new at this too so don’t know how either, sorry… (red face) I WILL ask in the help Forum and get back to you 🙂

      Comment by Kiwidutch — September 22, 2009 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  3. Hi
    I seem to have lost you; never get any updates about you

    Comment by Sage — October 15, 2009 @ 3:51 pm | Reply

  4. Wonderful concept, Kiwidutch. I’ll be lurking. ;D

    Comment by blisterina — November 30, 2009 @ 11:43 pm | Reply

  5. Hello kiwidutch! Not sure where to even begin, but I will try. First, reading this “About” page, I was immediately struck by how similar we are. Foodie? Yep. Loves to cook? Yep. Attention to detail? Crafty? Loves photography? Yep, yep, yep! 🙂 Then, I start perusing your blog and much to my surprise, you’ve travelled to Boston and even stayed in Danvers which is literally, a couple of towns over from Beverly – that’s incredible! I enjoyed “seeing” Boston through your eyes. For almost a decade, I worked in the city so the landmarks you visited (and enjoyed) are indeed familiar. I forget how rich our history is and it was nice to be reminded of the sacrifices people made so that I could enjoy the life I live. Thank you for stopping by my blog. It is nice to know I have a kindred soul! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — February 3, 2010 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the encouragement milkayphoto, Excellent to see a kindred spirit in the bloggisphere. Your photos are an inspiration, mine are mostly point and shoot whilst on the run. When I have more time I’d like to experiment with a heap of ideas. We loved the Boston area when we visited and hope to return for longer sometime in the future.To find that we stayed so close to you… small world isn’t it ! Thanks so much for dropping in on my blog 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 3, 2010 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  6. Hi! After reading your comment on my blog (thank you much!) I came on over here to check things out and I love it! There are many things I can relate to so far–loving food and travel, traveling with kids, and the international thing (I’m American, my husband is German and we speak German and English at home). Your photos are lovely and funny, and I’m so jealous of your crafting skills. Looking forward to reading more! All the best!

    Comment by LCS — February 21, 2010 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

    • Hi LCS, Ah Ha ! so there are more if us lurking out there LOL! (foodie,travel, kid,craft,loving sort of people) Welcome to the Club… hop aboard the blog and enjoy as I take you places around my world, both near and far. I can very much relate to your blog too and have you bookmarked to read often. Crafting is more practice than anything… just give something a go, you might surprise yourself ! Mind you I AM a detail fanatic… gotta have an outlet for that somewhere. Thanks for popping over to visit !

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 22, 2010 @ 5:51 am | Reply

  7. dag nederlandse kiwi,

    i am writing you from california.


    oh and i love the photos!


    Comment by andnomoresorrow — March 24, 2010 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  8. Always pleased to discover another Kiwi fellow blogger ! 😉

    Comment by Vanille — March 29, 2010 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

    • Reading your blog is also very good for my French. (I need to keep up the practice and Yes, I should probably *not* have been so lazy as to write this reply in English LOL) I LOVE your wonderful photos! and I miss New Zealand a lot. (especially the space and outdoors).

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 30, 2010 @ 4:46 am | Reply

    • Hi Caroline, Thanks for the brilliant messages, both on the blog and via the PM. I think we are in different timezones, With it being Easter Friday we all have the day off… have just returned from a Birthday party, had dinner and got the kids into bed, so I now have time to log back on.

      I’m totally delighted with your message especially because it’s closest to the needle threader I’m looking for (doing the happy dance here LOL)
      Thank you so much!!! Isn’t it just wonderful that stitchers can help each other around the world like this? Thank you again ! regards…. Kiwidutch 🙂
      Your PM on the CB website says “Send report, PM could not be sent to ‘Caroline’ as their inbox is full!”

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 2, 2010 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  9. Hi Kiwidutch,

    I’ve just noticed your reply. I hadn’t appreciated that you have to clear out your old messages in order to receive new ones on the CB site…. This must be a new rule! I’ve now emptied my inbox, but you are always free to contact me via the email address which I have entered into your site – and to take up the offer which I made to you, if you want to do so.

    It’s always fun to make someone do “the happy dance”!! Without wishing to sound immodest, I’m pretty good and finding stuff which is “impossible” to find! As for being in a different timezone to you, I’m not very far away – just a little to your west! And we have a number of other Dutch members….

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Comment by DevilishAdvocate — April 3, 2010 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  10. Hi Kiwidutch,

    Basically, I ran into a big Writer’s Block and I decided that the only way to get pass that is to talk to fellow writers who like my writings. I remember you posted a couple of comments on my blog so I am sort of assuming that you saw something you liked.

    So would you mind if I email you some questions I have about Mall Cop Diary? And would you like to be a Beta Reader for the manuscript (when it is ready)?

    Comment by A Mall Cop — July 13, 2010 @ 9:41 am | Reply

    • Sure, it would be a pleasure, I’ll be in touch via your email 🙂

      Comment by Kiwidutch — July 13, 2010 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  11. Hi Kiwidutch! I LOVE your pictures. I have always wanted to visit the Netherlands, it just seems to me like it would be such a peaceful, quaint place to visit. I don’t get to travel very often so I love the idea of being able to live vicariously through you. Thanks!

    Comment by jenkline75 — August 25, 2010 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

    • Hi Jenkline,

      My camera case and virtual suitcase offer free travel to anyone who cares to hitch a ride! It’s great to see everyones “journey’s” be they physical, mental, emotional etc. Broadening your horizons by whatever method you can is always excellent in my view. Even if you can’t travel much, there are those of us out there who delight to share our wanderings and ramblings. Therefore you get the full tour without busting the budget at all LOL!

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 26, 2010 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  12. Hi KiwiDutch, I came across you when I googled Dutch Traditions into the google images search engine and your photo of “Beschuit met muisjes” appeared. Nostagia set in as I recall eating this as a toddler when visiting my Dutch grandparents in Christchurch. I lived off a diet of “Beschuit met muisjes” whenever I stayed with them as refused to eat anything else!

    My Dutch grandparents emigrated to NZ but in the 50’s where they lived for almost 50 years. My grandmother only recently moved back to Holland last year – and now I am about to jump on a plane to visit her!

    Anyway please excuse my ramblings, look forward to reading your blog now I have discovered it!

    Comment by ecochicMaddy — September 9, 2010 @ 9:45 am | Reply

    • Welcome to my Blog Maddy,
      I can just see it now… you’ll be stocking up “Beschuit met muisjes” while you are visiting The Netherlands and stuffing packets of them into the suitcase for when you have to leave LOL.
      I’m amazed that your Grandparents actually had some on hand! I suppose they got it sent over by family. These days there’s a Dutch Speciality Shop (in the Riccarton area of Christchurch).
      It’s my aim to try and tell lots of stuff about The Netherlands, the traditions, the different way we live compared to New Zealand etc.
      I’m sure that your visit with Oma will be amazing! I’m sure she is having her own culture shock adjustments too, as the Netherlands she came home to is a very very different to the one she in the ’50’s. My Father, visited after 30 years, saw, and said he could never ever adjust to living here again.
      I find that the “big” cultural difference are actually the easiest, and sometimes it’s the smallest details that leave you homesick, annoyed or just plain confused. Getting under the skin of a culture is hard at the best of times, and even if you think you have, you are almost always wrong and there’s a new surprise waiting for you somewhere LOL.

      Comment by kiwidutch — September 9, 2010 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  13. Hi, thanks for your lovely coment on my blog, im glad you like my photos. Good luck on your travels, i imagine youre right about kids not being good photo assistants, but stick at it, and get your other half to babysit more! good to meet you.

    Comment by Kerry — September 30, 2010 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

    • Kerry, with your own kids it’s not called “babysitting”.. it’s called “parenting” LOL (grin) Actually I probably wouldn’t get the camera out at all if Himself didn’t do as much as he does with the kids. Or blog either come to think of it. Until you have kids no one tell you just how much time parenting takes, they change your life completely and turn it end over end.
      Kiwidutch Daughter is 9 and just saved up for her own camera, it’s a cheap point-and-shoot whilst she learnes to remember where she put it when we ar out and about, who it might (not) be wise to lend it to (Little brother/rough friends) and whilst she develops basic photographic skills.
      I’m aiming to get her enthused enough to become HER photographic assistant. LOL.

      Comment by kiwidutch — October 4, 2010 @ 2:25 pm | Reply

  14. I really do love Your posts and photos. This blog is just that kind that I can find new items when visiting here.

    Happy shooting.

    Comment by sartenada — December 8, 2010 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  15. Thank you for following my blog, I am no longer haunted by my past, the writing of my autobiography is my final burial to those problems.Hindsight is a wonderful tool to bad it can’t be given to us before the situation makes you make choices you regret in the end!



    Comment by gethealthywithme — February 4, 2011 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

    • Ok you may regret some choices ( as do I) but what kind of people would we be if we never made wrong choices, never made mistakes? we’d certainly be less compassionate, understanding and less sympathetic human beings. Some of my biggest wisdoms have been born out my darkest hours. 20/20 hindsight would have been easier in the short term, but would I be the person I am today if I’d had it?
      Great idea to write an autobiography… published or not, it bares your soul and helps heal old wounds, Well done and HUGS… kiwi 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 4, 2011 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  16. I hope you and your loved ones are doing well! (just read the news about the earthquake) – I am feeling with you on this national tragedy!

    Comment by SkP — February 22, 2011 @ 9:53 am | Reply

    • Thanks SO much for the kind wishes and good thoughts, our family and friends have their lives, but damage reports range from ok-ish to really bad as far as their houses are concerned. They are all thankful that it’s not actually worse.

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 24, 2011 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  17. Hi Kiwidutch! I HAD to come and check out your blog after you stopped by mine (thanks you for the kind words 🙂 ). Nice blog you have here. I grew up in Germany and visited several European countries, but unfortunately never made it to the Netherlands. Looks like a beautiful place.

    Comment by thedailyclick — February 26, 2011 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

    • There are lots and lots and lots of nice places in Europe I’m finding… I enjoy showing you my “back yard” here in the Hague and the Netherlands and welcome you into my suitcase for travels further abroad anytime you like! (There is plenty of room I assure you, since virtual travel is both cheap and lightweight LOL)
      We still have LOTS of wonderful places to visit in Germany… our to-do list is long and we must save and be patient. One day I hope to take photos like you do, but meantime I have fun with the camera in the kitchen, crafting and on adventures out and about. Welcome to my blog! 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 26, 2011 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

      • Ah yes, “armchair travel”… or in this case “computerchair travel” is a great way to see the world 🙂
        Think of me if you ever make it to Stuttgart, Germany.
        Your photos are wonderful, and mine are no better than yours. A lot of it is in the editing, too 😉

        Comment by thedailyclick — February 26, 2011 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

      • I’ve only edited one photo I have taken … (and I don’t think I did a particularly good job at it either), so with me it’s a case of what-you-see-is-what-you-get LOL.
        Thanks for the compliment (I’ve looked at your galleries though and my mouth actually dropped open so I still keep my opinion that your photos are better LOL).

        Comment by kiwidutch — February 26, 2011 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

  18. You’re right. Kindred spirits. Definitely.

    Comment by sarsm — April 1, 2011 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  19. Hey there! I recognized your icon and name from food.com (our good old recipezaar) among the comments on Tilly Budd’s blog. I’m pattikay in L.A. on the old zaar. I look forward to reading about more than your recipes!

    Comment by Patti — April 8, 2011 @ 6:18 am | Reply

  20. Hi,

    My name is Callie Zanandrie. I’m a Producer for HGTV. I am contacting you to see if you have any American friends or clients in Amsterdam that might be interested in being featured on HGTV.

    HGTV’s new international design series is looking for homeowners who have moved to Amsterdam and have turned their house into a home. The show will focus on exploring the overall design of the home as well as the lifestyle and culture of the city. In each episode, the host will explore four homes looking for great design ideas and highlighting the value-added elements within each space. From interior design to the lifestyle and culture of the area, the homeowners will give viewers a first hand look of what it’s like to live overseas.

    We’re looking for American Expats as well as second homeowners who have a stunning space, an outgoing personality and who want to share their new life with their friends and neighbors back in the States. They can rent or own their home/apartment. The home/apartment can be within 90 minutes of Amsterdam.

    We are looking for several homes to feature on the show, so please let me know if anyone comes to mind that might be interested. Also, we are looking for one home that is not owned/rented by an American (so if you have a non-American friend that has a beautiful home please let me know if they are interested).

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    Comment by Callie Zanandrie — April 28, 2011 @ 11:57 pm | Reply

  21. Wow! I read a few of your posts before I even read the “About” section. Very impressed with your photography though being stuck here on the other side of the pond and sadly have never been to Europe, I must live vicariously through this blog. I would very much like to read some captions, your thoughts, etc. accompanying the pictures to perhaps break up a longer string of pics. Thanks and hope you subscribe to my blog as well.

    Comment by Navy Wife Chronicles — June 16, 2011 @ 3:42 am | Reply

  22. Hi – I just wanted to say I really appreciated your comment on The Daily Post about the trait you look for in a “good” blog above all others is quality. I whole-heartedly agree; I much prefer someone post quality less frequently than the inverse. 🙂 Kudos to you on a blog that’s going strong! Awesome.

    Comment by Stef — July 4, 2011 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  23. Hey there! For some reason, my emails to you have been returned. I wanted to let you know that your box arrived and the entire family is delighted. And confused about a couple of things. Email me and I’ll try to reply so I can ask a few questions and thank you properly.

    Comment by momfog — July 8, 2011 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

    • I think my inbasket was full to capacity … I haven’t been getting mail for some days and had “quota alerts” but it’s been a tough week so it was only today I cleaned out a stack of old emails. Yes I’ll email you 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 8, 2011 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  24. To the point, and I love it, the blog title is perfect! I too am a little of this and that and love to improve on each one. Will try to keep an eye on you….RaeDi

    Comment by ....RaeDi — September 18, 2011 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  25. Thank you for visiting my blog I am glad you enjoyed it. I like your blog the best or worst thing is I love All Blacks lolzzzzzz 🙂 Zahir

    Comment by ♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡ — October 11, 2011 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  26. I just love your blog and you photographs!! I live in Germany, and really enjoyed your cheese posts too! I was wondering if you could share any good second hand shops in the netherlands we can visit on our vacation? We are not into much antiques, but also love the flea markets. Have you and advice on this? Thank you so much! Angela

    Comment by Angela Tilsher — July 7, 2012 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

    • Welcome to my blog Angela,

      Excellent to hear that you are enjoying my posts and photos, Thanks! Be sure to pick up some Dutch cheeses when you visit 🙂

      It all depends on where you will be visiting in the Netherlands of course there are various second hand shops in each city but I only know the ones in the Hague really well. In general there are two places to start looking:
      Emmaus, https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/new-post-46/ and
      and the Kringloopwinkels that can be found all through the country, https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/second-hand-shops-kringloopwinkel/.

      In the centre of the Hague there is also an outdoor antique and book market (plus some extra stuff) in Lange Voorhout:
      https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/new-322/ and
      https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/new-285/ .
      If you are visiting Delft during the summer months on a Thursday or a Saturday then there is a massive street/flea market through several streets in the centre: Like the Lange Voorhout it’s a mixture of everything, from cheap tat to pricey antiques but be aware that both also are aimed at tourists so prices can be reasonably high.

      If you have a local friend get them to bargain for you because a foreign accent of any sort marks you out as a tourist and your bargaining power will be a little less. I speak good Dutch without any problem but it’s still my second language and they cotton on to me quick, so I get Himself who’s a native speaker to do the haggling. Market traders have a reputation for doing this the world over, the Netherlands is no different I’m afraid. (from what I know, for tourists: They won’t rip you off but they won’t give you bottom dollar either)
      If you aren’t in the Hague or Delft, ask at the “VVV” (Tourist Information Centre) They will know local market and flea market days too.
      I hope you find something where-ever you visit in NL… flea markets are great, Have fun!!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 7, 2012 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  27. Hi, I’ve just discovered your blog and am very happy to have done so—-very interesting. We also have very similar interests, although I’m not so much a crafty’ person. I look forward to following you.

    Comment by viviennemackie — July 17, 2012 @ 3:07 am | Reply

    • Many Thanks for the compliment Vivienne,
      I’m delighted that you like my Blog… I’d love to hear which posts you like most and any comments you might have about any posts are always welcome! Thank you for following me, (that’s always a confidence booster LOL, you made my day!)

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 17, 2012 @ 3:57 am | Reply

      • You are welcome—good work needs to be appreciated! I know that feeling too, as these days there are so many blogs/sites etc etc that it’s really hard to get established with all that competing stuff for people’s time and attention. Good luck.

        Comment by viviennemackie — July 17, 2012 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  28. Hello from the U.S., and thanks for your recent comment! I will respond under separate cover to your response, but wanted to let you know your information on international travel was VERY helpful for our readers. More soon…

    Comment by AirportsMadeSimple — November 28, 2012 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  29. “cuisine, travel, photography and crafts” 🙂 From what I have seen you have fit them all together on a great blog.

    Comment by garyschollmeier — January 10, 2013 @ 5:42 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much for the compliment!
      I’m a firm believer that if you write about what you are passionate about then (hopefully) the passion shines though and you find people who share your passions or are interested in learning about them.I also follow some blogs similar to mine but also some very different but the interesting content always draws me back.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 10, 2013 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  30. Hi KiwiDutch I’ve just discovered your site! So nice to ‘meet’ another Kiwi with the same interests..

    Comment by Veronica — February 25, 2013 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

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  32. Dear kiwidutch,
    Thanks for all the likes and comments. Much appreciated.
    I am a big fan Indian food and will definately use one of your recipes in the near future. I’ll let you know how it/they turned out 🙂

    Comment by snowpartridge — June 15, 2013 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

    • Snowpartridge,
      I’d LOVE to see your efforts and hear your opinion on the tastes!
      We are having a family party tomorrow so I spent today making Bhaji’s for a Bhaji platter and potato balls (recipe for them coming up) as well as a massive dish of Chicken Tikka and Lamb with Spinach (recipe for that on it’s way too).

      Comment by kiwidutch — June 15, 2013 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Sinfully Tempting — July 22, 2013 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  34. I’ve just been nominated for two awards and I’m now I’m nominating you. (Sort of like a chain letter, but in a good way.)

    Comment by Kate Lester — July 27, 2013 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

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  36. Following you now, from Ireland. I love your good sense in not declaring your absences from home to the world, and choosing to be incognito.

    Comment by Red Hen — December 5, 2013 @ 6:21 am | Reply

  37. Hi Kiwi, I’m interested in using some of your pictures on my website, could you contact me about this?

    Comment by Jan — January 10, 2014 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

    • Jan, May I please get a link to your website? (to check appropriate content etc)and then I’ll get back to you a.s.a.p. yes?

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 10, 2014 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

      • Could me email me regarding this? I assume you can see my emailaddress?

        Comment by Jan — January 20, 2014 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  38. Hello Kiwidutch! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #11! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

    Comment by thatssojacob — February 1, 2015 @ 12:56 am | Reply

  39. Hello Kiwidutch,

    I couldn’t find you contact infor anywhere so I’m writing to you here. I am a Lecturer at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam (at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis) and I am currently researching expat women bloggers in the Netherlands. My research, which is supervised by Professor Dr. José van Dijck and Dr. Floris Vermeulen (both at the UVA), investigates how female expats carve out spaces of home and a sense of belonging in their lived spaces and the role that digital media (especially blogs) plays in this process. My research aims at providing a better understanding of the migration experience of female expats and the construction of migrant identities.

    Your blog has been identified during the creation of my research study sample and I would like to know if you would be interested in participating in my research. Your participation would mainly consist of allowing me to study your blog, as well as agreeing to meet with me for a semi-structured interview that should last between one and two hours. After the interview, which will take place in a public space, you may decide whether you wish to let me visit the place where you normally write your blog from (home, office, café, etc.) and take some pictures of it. Your participation is voluntary and you should feel free at all times to not answer any question or to withdraw from the study.

    The questions I will ask you relate to your expat experiences and your blogging practices, namely, the context in which this writing is done, the themes you write about that refer to your daily life here in the Netherlands, your observations, on/offline interactions, your social communities, your relationship with readers, etc.. There are only few risks involved in participating in this research and I will take all possible steps to diminish such risks, specifically, by not releasing any information in my research that may lead people to make a link between your responses to the interview and the blog you are writing and by keeping all data, gathered during my research, locked in my office.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to know more about my research or if you have any other questions. If needed, I can send you my research proposal. If you decide to participate in my research, you will need to read and sign a consent form, which details the research and the related risks. You may contact me to let me know about your intention to participate (or not) in the research, but I will get back to you shortly to see whether you have further questions about my research.

    I really look forward to hearing from you and I very much hope that you will agree to participate in my research!

    Best wishes,
    Rhythma Kapoor

    Comment by Rhythma Hahva Kapoor — February 16, 2015 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

    • Rhythma Hahva Kapoor,
      I’d love to get in contact, am recovering from an operation at the moment and on high doses of morphine based medications so I’m a bit slow and sleepy at the moment, I’ll get in touch properly in the next day or so, yes?
      Thank You and regards… Kiwi 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 19, 2015 @ 8:32 am | Reply

  40. Hi,

    This is Gel, an outreach assistant. I wanted to find out who the best person is to speak with to contribute an article on your website?

    I am looking to write an article that you can post on your blog. The article will be well-researched based on the large pool travel experts that our company has access to. In exchange, I was hoping that you could credit our online travel media site for providing the article to you. Please let me know if you would be interested?

    Thank you,


    Comment by Gel Evangelista — March 8, 2019 @ 6:28 am | Reply

    • Dear Gel,
      If I understand you correctly, you would in essence like to put an article on my blog which is basically an advertisement for your company?

      I am sorry but I don’t know about the intended content of our article or, more importantly, how that would go down with my readers so I don’t see any advantage at all on my part in allowing you to do this.

      I have no shortage of material for my blog, in fact I almost have too much, with enough material on my computer at this moment to last the next five years.

      May I therefore suggest that if you wish to write articles then you simply start your own WordPress account and begin blogging too?
      I must therefor decline your offer, but wish you every success in your blogging endeavour.
      regards… kiwi.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 10, 2019 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  41. Hi Kiwidutch,

    For a new Dutch TV show, we would like to use a photo that we’ve found on your blog to assist a question for a quiz. Could you please contact me, so I can explain it a little bit more?
    Thanks in advance!

    Comment by Teeuwke — April 23, 2019 @ 9:50 am | Reply

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