“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…]
I just finished up NaNoWriMo again. 50,000 words in a month is a lot of writing, especially when you’re holding down a (more than) full time job. I didwell with the scheduling and wrote a lot on the evenings and weekends, so while it took a pretty big toll on my personal life, it was … [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…]
Liquor, beer, and even wine have been made in the Netherlands for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. But a recent renewed interest in the craft has increased creativity at your local bar—everything from beer made from rainwater to hand-crafted liquors aging under the floorboards of a restaurant. So if you’re sick of the pilsner that’s always on tap or … [Read more…]