That’s It, Folks


The XPat Journal adventure lasted more than 22 years, but all good things must come to an end.
In March 2020 the final issue of our magazine appeared.

Our website stays active though so you’ll be able to access our huge archive of summaries of articles we’ve published since 1998.


View the final print issue on ISSUU


Summaries from the Latest Issue of The XPat Journal

ISUtrecht’s Involving Students in the New Campus

Students, staff and parents of the International School Utrecht are very pleased with the design of the new campus that will be located at Utrecht Science Park. It will be an organic, green building where the school community can learn, meet and make new connections.   It’s always been important to the ISUtrecht community to … Continued

Hello Neighbors!!

By Divya Susan Varkey   Looking out of my living room window, I see my neighbor’s house decorated for Christmas – Santa Claus, Christmas lights, reindeer and elves hanging in various angles across the wide glass. Walking past it, though, I never know whether I should take a closer look or how long I can … Continued

Museum Voorlinden: Wonderment and Philosophical Questions

Museum Voorlinden, which opened in 2016, was created by Joop van Caldenborgh, a businessman and art collector who wanted to share his collection with the world. It houses both temporary collections, as well as (semi-permanent) pieces – such as the enticing swimming pool that you can walk underneath and the heart-warming scene of a larger-than-life … Continued

How Not to Find a Home in Amsterdam

By Robin Pascoe   The experiences of a young Brexit escapee trying to find a place to live in Amsterdam have proved quite an eye-opener to editor Robin Pascoe. When your own offspring have flown the nest, the rooms they have left behind collect all manner of waifs and strays who need a place … Continued

From the Point of View of… Leila Prnjavorac

“Though there was a war, these were also some of the most valuable months of my life; what I saw, showed me how kind and compassionate people are – everyone shared whatever they could and they would never let us leave with empty hands. When there is so much uncertainty and fear, and no one … Continued

When Does My Child Start School in the Netherlands?

And What Happens Next?   By Annebet van Mameren   To these seemingly simple questions, there are surprisingly no simple answers. In this article, Annebet van Mameren talks you through the procedures and practicalities, to make sure your child gets off to a flying start. She starts with the issue that most children start school … Continued

Economical, Not Stingy

By Chris Smit   Most of the work I do consists of giving 1 or 2-day workshops and giving lectures (anything between 20 minutes to 2 hours, I consider a lecture) about cultural differences. And to ‘ease’ the delegates into to the subject of culture, I start talking about stereotypes; which are, of course, an … Continued


Humania: About Head, Heart and Body Have you ever rolled through a hugging machine? French kissed with giant tongues? Or used an aging machine to see what you will look like in 20 years’ time? In the brand-new Humania exhibition at NEMO in Amsterdam, you can discover how your own head, heart and body work … Continued

Learning With Head, Heart and Hands

The Hague has been home to a Dutch Waldorf school for over 90 years. Since 2018, it also boasts an international, English-language one, aimed at children of kindergarten and primary-school age. Based on Steiner’s principles, the school offers children a balanced education, combining social, personal and cognitive development in equal measure. The International Waldorf School was … Continued

Is the International Baccalaureate Right for Your Child?

Choosing the right curriculum for your child can be quite a challenge. In this article, Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam offers a quick guide to the International Baccalaureate to help you decide if it is the right choice for your child, particularly as they enter their very important pre-university years of 16, 17 and 18. … Continued

Wines of the Year

By Nico McGough   Wine importers often look back as the wine year is coming to an end. I certainly do that, and for 2019 there are two, maybe three, ‘wine discoveries’ that have made this year special. We have to go back to last January, the moment our purchasing starts up again after the … Continued

Interior Decorating: From the First Moment of Magic to the Last Drop of Reality

One of the joys of moving to a new country is the opportunity to create a new home from scratch. All those times you’ve dreamed about creating your perfect home… Well, now is your chance. Of course, you don’t have to actually move in order to change the look of your home. Perhaps you’re just … Continued