Though it claims it’s a ‘brief’ history of Amsterdam, this Geert Mak classic takes 400 pages to cover the history of the city from the year 1,000 to the present. And every page is worth reading. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on August 15, 2019.
The celebratory cheers over Duncan Laurence’s win at Eurovision had barely died down before the entire country of the Netherlands started to wonder: Where will the next one be held? Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on August 8, 2019.
It’s komkommertijd here in the Netherlands, but rather than making up Dutch cultural traditions, we’re encouraging tourists to see more of Amsterdam. Yes, journalist Jelmer Visser, fed up with the constant expansion that the city of Amsterdam seems to grant itself, created a tourist map of the Netherlands — from the perspective of the Amsterdam tourism board. You think it’s … [Read more…]
Judas is the story of Astrid Holleeder, a criminal lawyer who eventually decided to testify against her brother, the notorious Dutch gangland figure Willem Holleeder, sentenced to life in jail in July on six counts of murder. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on August 8, 2019.
We managed to not melt in July, which, honestly, could just be this entire update. Mostly we bought things. Light fixtures for the guest room and the living room. Sheets for the bed. One very lovely soap dispenser. Mostly we worked on building a table for the guest room, since we have guests coming. … [Read more…]