I’m not sure when it happened exactly but I’ve become my grandmother. I’m not sure if it was the moment that I was annoyed the tram was too full for me to sit down and knit. Look, I’ve got two nieces or nephews showing up this year. They will need blankets. Or perhaps it was … [Read more…]
I had a conversation with a woman five years ago, just after arriving in the Netherlands, in which she told me that the country had a way of sucking you in. I laughed it off, knowing my plan was only to stay for 18 months. Read the rest of the article.
I took a big step in a new relationship the other day. I gave him my wifi password. The sharing of a wifi password is a sacred ritual in 21st century dating. During the initial dating process most dates don’t require wifi access. You come home from the bar after meeting on Tinder and you’re … [Read more…]
I was honestly terrified that as I sat down to write the third piece in this series, I would have to confess that I had failed the inburgeren examen. In fact, if you’d talked to me after I’d written the last piece I would have told you I was considering taking up residency in any country … [Read more…]
There is a widely held assumption that “inburgeren” translates into “integration.” It doesn’t. It actually means “naturalisation.” And while the concepts may seem similar, there are deep differences. The goal of integration is to bring different parts together into a whole whereas naturalisation aims to confer upon people from outside of a group the knowledge … [Read more…]