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…]
“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…]
When American writer Kristin Anderson set out to work on her second novel, she discovered she had writer’s block. She lamented to a friend about her plight, who replied, “A suitcase, a stranger, and a train. Love story.” The result is Anderson’s new novel, The Things We Said in Venice. Read the entire review in ACCESS magazine.
My boyfriend and I have been house hunting, so we’ve been going to a lot of open houses. Which means, of course, we’ve been playing voyeur and spying on how other people live their lives. And, a lot of Dutch people have Buddha statues. Specifically Thai Buddha statues. Despite the country’s overall atheism (something like … [Read more…]