Yes, Zwarte Piet Is Racist

“Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” -Dennis Leary It’s that time of year again. Cold weather, pretty lights, snow, presents…and Zwarte Piet. In the Netherlands, it’s not Santa Claus, it’s Sinterklaas. And he isn’t aided by elves but by Zwarte Piet, … [Read more…]

Even Socialist Utopias Aren’t Perfect

“There is nothing so asinine that governments will not proclaim it as official doctrine.” -Lord Nolan Currently, the Netherlands is governed by a coalition government between the VVD (Peoples Party For Freedom And Democracy), a liberal-conservative party, and the CDA (Christan Democratic Appeal), a center-right party. The coalition government is supported by a minority party, the … [Read more…]

I Hate The Word Toilet

“France is a place where the money falls apart in your hands but you can’t tear the toilet paper.” -Billy Wilder The Dutch have a fascinating bathroom system. Many houses have two rooms for the bathroom. One tiny room with have just a toilet and a very small sink and a second room with have … [Read more…]

Tulips

“New rule: Tulips aren’t flowers. They’re some kind of gay onion.” -Bill Maher So my grandmother was visiting for the past week and she, of course, wanted to go see all the tulips. Holland is famous for it’s tulips and we went to the Keukenhof to see their spectacular display. There are a lot of … [Read more…]

I Hate Your Fanny Pack

“Chest hair is back, like fanny packs and aviators.” -Jonah Enbar Had I charged my fucking iPod, I might have avoided it. If I had had my headphones on, I might not have been subjected to it. “It” being a huge group of American tourists. I don’t even have to live in a foreign country … [Read more…]