Becoming Nothing

I sat on the armchair in Trent’s room, watching him lie in bed, propped up against the headboard, laptop on his lap. We’d spent so many nights like this, reading Twitter and giggling at YouTube videos. He couldn’t see me, of course. I knew he was sad. I knew everything now. So I also knew … [Read more…]

Week 12

Under pressure from an impending visitor, we pushed to get the final construction projects in the house done. The biggest of which was the window seat. We had gotten pretty far with the frame last week but now it needed to be painted and to add some final touches, including some trim work. We also … [Read more…]

All The Time We Thought We Had: A Review

Gordon and I had worked together before we actually met face to face. After years of sending emails back and forth about news stories for Dutch News, we finally decided to grab a cup of coffee. He was a few minutes late and, after ordering, I asked him how he came to be in the … [Read more…]

Week 11

Week 11 was mostly characterised by me being sick and us generally being tired af. Despite that, we did manage to make some progress. First up, look at this gorgeous butcher’s block which is now being referred to as the plant hospital. There’s a maternity ward and everything. Second, can you believe that this used … [Read more…]

Despite its reputation, weed is still mostly illegal in the Netherlands

It’s a common misconception that cannabis is legal in the Netherlands. Should you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops, you can purchase a joint without worrying about legal consequences. But that same coffee shop bought that same cannabis from, effectively, a criminal: Even as cannabis gains acceptance worldwide, growing, importing, buying, or selling cannabis … [Read more…]