Last weekend, I read a short post on another blog about how life would be so much easier if Google could just tell you how to be happy. As more people who were brought up on the Internet and search engines come of age, I expect we’ll start seeing an increasing amount of that sentiment.
Last week I returned from a very successful trip to London which made me wonder, “What makes me so darn amazing at going on and fully enjoying city trips?” I went over the things I do to prepare for a trip and the things I do once I’m at my destination and decided I might […]
[This post and the links in this post contain images and text which can be triggering to victims and survivors of sexual abuse and rape.] This week, Project Unbreakable came to my attention. Grace Brown, a 19-year old woman from New York, started photographing survivors and victims of sexual abuse who are holding up signs with things […]
I am writing this in the last hour of my life as a 28-year-old. In 45 minutes, I’ll turn 29 and enter my 30th year of life*. It’s funny how nothing has turned out the way I envisioned when I was younger.
While I was supposed to be putting the final touches on a presentation on Sunday, procrastination on Twitter led me to the trending topic “Kamervragen PVV.” The PVV is the Dutch Party for Freedom, which is headed by Geert Wilders. This man and this party, to me, represent everything that is wrong with my country (well, […]
This Saturday marked the arrival of Sinterklaas in The Netherlands. Sinterklaas, a holiday celebrated on December 5th, has long been The Netherlands’ biggest gift-giving holiday. In the weeks leading up to it, the figure of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas, historically associated with the Bishop of Myra) arrives in the country and, in the nighttime, visits people’s […]
This week, the University of Groningen announced that their biannual Aletta Jacobs award would go to former Health Minister Els Borst. This award has been awarded by the university since 1990, to Dutch women with an academic background who lead the way in emancipation and are role models to other women. But who was Aletta […]
Instead of the banana blondie post I promised (which will happen at some point, I promise), something a little different. Last Friday, I had the opportunity to buy two pounds of fresh strawberries for two euros.
One of the big upsides of living in The Netherlands: we’re among one of the first countries to screen the Harry Potter films. It was no different with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, which I saw at the midnight premiere in The Hague Tuesday night. Curious about what it was like? Just […]
As I wrote before, some of the many things I love are my American patriotic apron, cooking, baking, and the Dixie Chicks. This weekend marked another moment where all these things came together in a perfect storm of fun and deliciousness, this time in the shape of lavender shortbread.
Once again, it’s time for the weekly European news roundup. The Euro is still in the dumps, there’s a lot of stuff happening in France, and (in happy news) a woman was found alive after having been lost in the mountains in Spain for 18 days. Though I strove to include the most important and […]
My love for cooking while rocking out to the Dixie Chicks in my fabulous American apron continues unabated. Last time I promised you a post about Dutch pancakes. Today I make good on that promise.
Way back in April it was announced that Stephen Fry would be stopping in The Hague on his book tour to promote his new autobiography, The Fry Chronicles. My friend Anne and I jumped at the chance to see him live and immediately reserved our tickets at the theatre where he would be speaking. Last night, […]
Once again, it’s time for the weekly European news roundup. It’s a little shorter this week and nowhere near as comprehensive as usual, so I would like to invite you all to share important stories that I missed in the comments.
There are many things I love, for example my U!S!A! U!S!A! patriotic apron, cooking, baking, and the Dixie Chicks. A perfect morning is when all these things come together in my kitchen.