Book Review: A Brief Life of the City

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.

What’s in a name? The new tourist map of Amsterdam

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…]

July House Update

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…]