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Sometimes it all begins with the smallest detail. I wrote a few weeks ago about the recent visit of my brother’s family, and how visiting non-expats help us see our expat life with fresh eyes. Showing them the sights and sharing our daily lives cause us to look anew at the little things that we […]

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Well, it’s Monday and it’s May. Not a good combination, if you ask me. Why? Because I am absolutely, positively swamped. I’m so slammed with tasks and projects that my mind is starting to melt.  My ‘to do’ list is long. Ridiculously long. With no end in sight. This isn’t a typical Monday morning whinefest, so please hear […]

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Two weeks ago, my brother and his family visited from the US. All four are intrepid travelers, including overseas. My brother and sister-in-law have even been to Amsterdam before for a quick visit, as part of a larger trip. But this was the first time they’d come to visit us since we moved to The […]

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Today, the day after Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day), I thought it might be fun to do a little ‘before’ and ‘after’. As I’ve mentioned before, I live around the corner from the Frederik Hendriklaan. The ‘Fred’ as it’s lovingly referred to, is a stretch of several blocks of the greatest mix of everyday and unusual stores, […]

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I recall the first time I saw it. It was probably two years ago, in the deli counter at my beloved Albert Heijn supermarket. Filet Americain. It sounded so intriguing, so continental, so, well, so non-American. I can say that, in part because I am American. But also because it isn’t American. I remember picking […]

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I must say that we bloggers are an odd tribe. In a perfect world we would sit down each day in our pristine, calming sanctuary of an office. We would write for 17 minutes, turning out a perfectly  polished piece that accurately captures the nuances of some aspect of (at least in my case) expat […]

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It suddenly dawned on me yesterday: I’m basically an eight-year-old trapped in an adult’s body. Now I don’t mean that I’m immature. Although I’ll admit that I do have my moments. Then again, who doesn’t? And I’m not talking about being ‘young at heart’. At times I am very much so. Probably not as much as I’d like, […]

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Well, it’s official. I actually feel like the weather outside looks. Gray, misty, just plain blah. Now I happen to enjoy a foggy morning now and then. If you’re healthy, there’s a bit of mystery (as well as moisture) in the air. But when you’re under the weather (liked the pun, didn’t you?), it’s nowhere […]

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I realized that it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of my favorite little features, so it’s time for an update. (Here’s the inaugural post of ‘What I Love/Miss’ in case you missed it.) What I love: Well that’s a no-brainer. The Netherlands is not only home to tulips and bulbs galore, but also serves as the main hub […]

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Yesterday evening I was in  my car again, for yet another chauffering run. As usual, I had the radio on. I like to play this game I call ‘Let’s listen to the Dutch news station and see how many words you can understand.’ (Believe me, it’s waaaayyy more interesting to play this game than actually […]

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Oh it’s getting to be that time… You know, the time when the list of things still to do is greater than the amount of time in which to do them. Despite my best efforts to ’embrace simplicity’ and pare down the list, it remains steadfastly robust. And it needs to stop. Now. I just don’t […]

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How often are we reminded that, at the heart of virtually every endeavor, it is the little things that matter? It’s all in the details. Grandiose ideas are intriguing, but if they can’t deliver it leaves you wanting. I wrote last month in a post here about one such Dutch amenity that I love. Last […]

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Sneeuw

No, really, that’s the Dutch word for snow. It’s been snowing since before dawn. Son’s and Daughter’s school closed a little early (but not before the students finished their last midterm exam). It’s our second winter storm of the season, and it’s beautiful. Back when we lived in the Washington, DC area, whenever it snowed […]

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Europe is experiencing a cold front. I’m from the snow belt of northeastern US, so trust me, I know cold. Here in the Netherlands our highs (ha!) are in the 20s, much colder at night. And our heat is on the blink. Not good. Not good at all… While I sit here saying Heat Repairman […]

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If you didn’t happen to see it, my last post talked about how we expats can be some serious pumpkin junkies.  And while I have solved the pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice dilemma, finding the requisite turkey is an entirely different matter. What I have learned is that I cannot just waltz down to my local Albert Heijn grocery store and pick […]

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‘You know you’re an expat when you win two cans of pumpkin and you are excited!’, a friend posted yesterday on Facebook. And you know what? She is exactly right. Her post triggered an avalanche of responses from kindred spirits. Comments flew back and forth about the paucity of pumpkin, what we’d make with it, where […]

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