Moving to Holland is not easy, but it's worth the effort. This blog tells the story of shifting from American life in Pittsburgh to Expat life in the Netherlands,
and all of our European adventures that follow.

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Sjoelen (pronounced 'shoo-lun') is Dutch table shuffleboard. You slide small wooden 'stones,' or pucks, down the 2 meter board, with the goal of getting the pucks through each of the four small openings at the end. You get three turns in a row to slide the stones, then you tally your final score, with more points awarded for even distribution.

We played Sjoelen for the first time last year on New Years Eve, at Arjen's Uncle's house. This year, Arjen and Linda bought their own table for Christmas, and we have been over to play a couple times already.

The great part about this game is that anyone can play. Even their 2 & 4 year old sons can slide the stones down the board (and they are pretty darn good already).

Here's a short video of Chad playing Sjoelen, to give you an idea of how the game is played:


Here are a few more pics and video's on Flickr, both from this weekend, and from December when we were in Gouda for Gouda by Candlelight:

Sjoelen pics are at the end of this set:

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