Someone sent me a package. I have no idea who it was or what was in it because it’s never arrived. Instead, I got a notice from Post NL that whoever had sent the package, hadn’t put on sufficient postage. The sender also hadn’t put on a return address. So it was up to me, … [Read more…]
There was this weird Reuters article about anti-expat sentiment in Amsterdam (that seemed more to be anti-tourist sentiment) a few weeks ago and now the Wall Street Journal has a story about anti-EU sentiment. Honestly, maybe people should just stop writing about the sentiment of the Dutch, because they all seem to be wildly off … [Read more…]
A neighbor dropped by the other night and, while giving her a tour of my apartment, I showed her my extensive beer and whiskey collection. I do like my whiskey and I definitely like my beer. She replied “I see, you’re one of those cool girls.” I don’t know her very well but presumably she … [Read more…]
A few years ago, I tried to watch some movies. I failed. Now I’m trying again. I’ve got about 70 to go. First up, The Matrix (and watching the entire trilogy, as per my first goal.) I’m also aiming to read 100 books this year. And sleep at some point. We shall see.
“How do you describe yourself – an expat, lovepat, immigrant, international etc ?” It’s one of the questions on the Dutch News’ 10 Questions interview. It’s also a question I occasionally get asked. Expat, short for expatriate, has a long and sometimes problematic history. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and … [Read more…]