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Right now, I am soooo excited I cannot tell you! Yes, I do realize that I will now be revealed for the nerd that I am, but I simply don’t care. Not a whit. Just. Do. Not. Care. Why? you ask. Because I have finally scored the one, the only, my beloved new tea kettle. […]

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I must confess that it still astounds me how, in this day and age and in the comfort of my own home here in the Netherlands, internet connectivity and the various social media venues it has spawned allow me to maintain contact with friends and family and build associations with others. Like the old Bell […]

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Today is the first Monday in September. For many, it’s merely the start of yet another work week. Whatever ‘work’ means for you. Getting the children off to school before running a long list of errands and volunteering in the classroom. Pulling into the factory parking lot with a double shift ahead. Trading stories at […]

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Last week Daughter and I were with my brother’s family spending a few days at the beach. My sister-in-law’s mother and stepfather were visiting as well. On the evening of July 3rd, we all piled into into two cars and headed off to that very American of all summer pastimes, a baseball game. Neither Daughter nor […]

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Never let it be said that Dutchies don’t know how to party. Seriously. Never say it. I’ve written about Queen’s Day before, and having celebrated the Dutch national holiday for the third year running, I can only say that it continues to amaze me. There’s something about it that makes me happy, and I’m not even […]

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A few days ago I wrote of the challenges many of us face being sandwiched between generations. Just like everyone else, we expats do our best to care for, raise and guide our TCK children to adulthood(and beyond) while also staying connected to and supporting our aging parents. We just sometimes have a few wrenches thrown in due to our lack […]

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It’s been at least a few weeks since I’ve written a post that even mentions the phrase Albert Heijn (my favorite local Dutch grocery store to the uninitiated), so I should have known. Something was sure to materialize that I’d end up sharing with you here. Little did I realize exactly how special that something would be… […]

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NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches It’s time again for our monthly 4-way virtual blog, aka NSEW. Expat bloggers from In Search of a Life Less Ordinary, Expatria Baby, I Was an Expat Wife and here at Adventures in Expat Land get together to write on a theme and then guest post at each others’ sites. Moving abroad […]

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  If you’ve noticed a distinct decrease in the stress waves emanating from The Hague, you’ve Albert Heijn to thank. It’s true. My beloved neighborhood AH store has reopened after fourteen days undergoing major renovations. Fourteen long, arduous days. Despite Daughter’s original plaintive question (‘will we starve to death?’), we have survived just fine. I sucked […]

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    I apologize upfront if my paraphrasing of a biblical quotation brought you here under false pretenses, but I’m in a bit of a quank. Quank. You know, a cross between a funk and a quandary. What difficult situation has me in these depths of despair? My beloved neighborhood Albert Heijn grocery store is closed for renovations. Not […]

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    It’s always interesting trying to explain the important holidays of your culture to others.   Some carry over easily, such as religious holidays like Christmas, Easter, Yom Kippur, Hanukkah and Ramadan, even if the specific ways in which they are personally celebrated differ a bit from country to country.   Many countries recognize various aspects of society on […]

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This morning Husband and I decided to take advantage of the glorious autumn weather by taking Oli on a long walk through nearby woods. The sun is out, the air is crisp, people are out walking, jogging and cycling; it’s an all-around gorgeous October day.   After an hour of hiking through the wooded parkland, meandering […]

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  Recently I wrote about visiting the bustling, exciting city of Amsterdam; I also wrote about enjoying the cafe culture throughout The Netherlands (and much of Europe) when the weather gets nice. Today I’m going to share another reflection from that trip that references both of these posts. This isn’t about right or wrong; this […]

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Today I’m going to do a number of things: provide two updates, share a helpful link and a fun link (although the helpful link could be fun and the fun link could be helpful, too), and issue an apology. Think of it as dealing with all the leftovers in your refrigerator. My gift to you. […]

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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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It’s time for a recurring feature highlighting something I love about the Netherlands, and something I miss. In case you missed them, here are the initial Love/Miss post and second Love/Miss post. What I love: Throughout the year, little food trailers pop up on the street, selling the speciality of the season. In December it’s oliebollen […]

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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’ve written in the past about favorite Dutch snacks such as frikandels and croquettes. And of course the beloved frites (fries) smothered in mayonnaise. Yes, mayonnaise. (I know, I know, just ignore that silliness and move on.) But now there appears a new ‘favorite’ in the Dutch snack wars: the hairdresser (kapsalon). Check out this […]

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It is absolute madness around here. We’re talking sheer bedlam. So much noise and commotion that it’s hard to think, let alone write. Except that I have deadlines to meet, places I’d like to go, people to see. Oh, and a ton of laundry. Which is a royal pain because the washer/dryer are on the […]

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