Miming

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton I stopped by the local organic grocery store on my way home from work the other day and, as I was browsing for brown rice, I overheard people speaking in English. Specifically, American English. It was three … [Read more…]

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…]