Jane moved to the Netherlands in early 2011 and writing this blog is a way for her to share her observations about Dutch life and to let her friends know what she is up to.

Jane was a librarian for 25 years and also a playwright and director. She is currently researching a play about the Dutch work camps during World War II. She lives just outside of Utrecht.



  • Susan Peirce Ursprung  On July 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Jane!
    Susan Ursprung shouting out a big “hello friend!” and wishing I had been able to say bye before you left. We will meet again some day! I love this site – Susie Marsh gave me the web address this morning. We saw them last night at their house for dinner -( you can imagine the salmon and crab cakes that woman makes!) Your name came up and you were once again mourned regarding departure, but wished well in your new home. Holland is lucky to have you there ~ and I am sure you are loving living in such a beautiful place!

  • Deirdre Clark  On September 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    As a masters student now living in Zeist, outside of Utrecht for the next 2 years…I found this blog really helpful! Thank you for doing this! I will definitely need to go to that grocery store when I get homesick for American products.

  • Jane Dutton  On October 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    hello this is jelmer of my dad’s house. I’m reading your blog if read 2 things already. The indiana jones thing and the homepage I think this is the best blog
    ever!!!!!!!. and I have 1 question for personly you and that is……………
    how many things have you

  • Debbie  On August 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    I just found your blog. I sat up until 2:00 am reading every single entry. I am now going through withdrawal because I have read every one.
    l actually just got back from Holland a week ago, so I was delighted to find your blog. I went to Goes in Zeeland for a few days. (my mom lives there) I then went to Amsterdam for a few days. I just love that little country. So much history and most is still intact as to the way it use to be. It gives you kippenvel just walking through the old streets listening to all the sounds and watching all the people going to and fro.
    The people and country are so different from where I live. ( I live in Canada) Whenever I hear dutch voices in our streets I want to run up to them so I can speak dutch and talk to them about Holland. I sometimes listen to the dutch news or radio (thanks to internet) just to hear the language and keep up to date on what is going on. It is such a remarkable little country. It is in my heart and soul. Thank you for your informative blog.
    P.S We are going to watch Ik Vertrek

  • Sandra  On March 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Dear Jane, Please keep on writing your good blog, I so enjoy it. I recommended it to someone else again, and we learned that your blog now has no option to subscribe. (Perhaps you removed the option from the updated template?)
    Thanks in advance for reconsidering subscriptions. Sandra

  • Ien in the Kootenays  On March 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Dear Jane, my dear librarian friend Gerda Kluitenberg showed me the way to your blog, and I just have to tell you how hugely I am enjoying it! I have made the journey in reverse. At age 25 I moved from Amsterdam to Canada. It has been a great life, but of course a part of me will always remain Dutch. I showed my online friend Shers where to find you. She is from Colorado, and has been in the Netherlands for 10 years. She is a wonderful artist and writer, you two should meet!

  • George  On December 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Jane, Do you know where the “The Prostitute Centrum” will be? I know Utrecht quite well and run a web site about red light districts. Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Johnson  On March 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Sending loving support, Jane…. xxxliz johnson

  • Karen Reynolds  On April 18, 2014 at 3:36 am

    R.I.P. Jane.


  • Joyce  On October 27, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Dear Jane,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Netherlands, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    • janeduttonutrecht  On October 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Hello Joyce,

      My name is Natascha and I am Jane’s wife. I am sorry to tell you Jane passed away on 17 April. She was diagnosed with liver cancer on January 31. The origin of the tumor couldn’t be detected and 78 days later Jane died in Utrecht surrounded by her family and friends.

      I am keeping her blog online and with the help of a friend we are making her blog into a book to honor my wonderful wife, a fantastic stepmother and a true friend.

      Natascha Spoelstra

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