The letter from the town hall fell silently on the mat. I’d almost forgotten about it. Oh yeah, I realised as I slit the envelop open. It contained a positive decision for my application for the Dutch nationality and an invitation to the obligatory naturalisation ceremony. I’d been asked a few times. Why did I want to become … Continue reading Going Dutch – What is nationhood and why care?
My number appeared on the screen, B247 cubicle 32. First question: Bent U latent Nederlander? Well, I’ve lived here a long time, speak the lingo, know the culture – does that make me a latent Dutch native, I thought. The puzzled look on my face must have been sufficient answer for the clerk behind the … Continue reading Going Dutch – The next step