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…]

Book Review: The Embarrassment of Riches

This well-regarded book of Dutch history is packed with information from a variety of sources, from cookbooks to bankruptcy filings, bringing the reader an in-depth understanding of possibly the most important century of Dutch history. Originally published at https://www.dutchnews.nl on August 1, 2019.  

I Want To Be A Millenial Nun

Highline, HuffPo’s long form magazine section, had an article this week by Eve Fairbanks about millennial nuns.  She writes:  And near the end of the 2000s, a half-dozen old friends I’d remembered as logical skeptics and trend-forward internet connoisseurs had become deeply religious. Some of them had been raised loosely Catholic, some had not. They … [Read more…]