Sunflowers in Hilversum – Remembering the victims of flight MH17

A year has passed since the MH17 air disaster. It happened on July 17th 2014 and Hilversum was one of the towns hardest hit. Fifteen residents were killed among the 298 passengers on board. To commemorate one year since the tragedy, Hilversum is in bloom. The town is awash with bright yellow sunflowers. According to some news reports, the seeds […]

Things to do in Hilversum: WijnSpijs Culinaire Wandeling

The title of this post could also be: That one time in Hilversum when I ate loads of delicious food, drank loads of amazing wine and got so tipsy I cried about learning Dutch. But I guess the other title is more factual and Google probably likes it better… so… First things first: What is […]

Things to do in Hilversum: Loosdrechtse Bos, Hilversumse Hei en Zonnestraal

I wrote the majority of this post a few months back and never got round to posting it, but since visiting Vliegveld Hilversum (Hilversum Airport) over the Easter weekend, now seems like a good time to share it with you. I’m obviously slightly biased towards Hilversum because I live here… but if you happen to find […]

Things to do in Hilversum: Beeld en Geluid

At the weekend we visited the Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid  (The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) in Media Park, Hilversum. The Institute collects, looks after, and provides access to over 70% of Dutch audio-visual heritage! It’s also a museum, offering an unprecedented amount of (Dutch) sound and screen history to its visitors. Lucky us!! […]

Japanese Restaurants in Hilversum

This weekend was my 5 month expat-iversary in the Netherlands… so what better to write about than another one of my passions… Japanese food! (Btw: yes, I get that most people would celebrate their 6 month “anniversary” but 5 is my lucky number and I am not most people!) Before I start, I probably don’t say it […]

Rondlopen in Hilversum (Walking around in Hilversum)

A (Dutch) friend told me last week: Ik vind Hilversum heel saai (I find Hilversum very boring.) Oh contraire, my dear friend!! That’s because you’ve lived here for 6 years and have seen everything already!! I, on the other hand, have lived here for 6 weeks. Everything is new, exciting, beautiful… Buzzfeed summed it up […]