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I don’t know why it is, but this week appears to have been secretly designated ‘Odd Memory Flashback Week’ in the blogosphere. I guess I just didn’t get the memo. For the second time (you can catch the first here at The Upside of Humor) in just a few days, I’ve been visited by a […]

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  Earlier this week we had a wonderful celebration of sorts. Despite being late December, we weren’t celebrating the Dutch Second Christmas (Tweede Kerstdaag) or the British Boxing Day. Instead, we were celebrating the end of Bryan and Danielle’s (current) adventure in Nederland. I first heard from Danielle back in the summer when she contacted me […]

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[This post is for Patti in Leiden, and all the other nice folks I met last weekend at the I Am Not A Tourist International Fair in Amsterdam. She and her husband are new to The Netherlands. Welkom!] Lord knows my fellow Adventurers know that I’ve been trying to learn Dutch. I certainly have been harping […]

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Okay, it’s official. I am nowhere near as sensitive to my surroundings as I’d like to think I am. Oh, I do make a concerted effort to be ‘in the now’. You know, observing where I am and using as many of my senses as I can, rather than rushing through life and missing so […]

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Last week we had the August installment of our monthly four-way virtual blog NorthSouthEastWest: Expat Dispatches. Once again, I was thrilled with the resulting posts. [For newbies, I join Erica (Expatria Baby, Japan), Maria (I Was an Expat Wife, Canada) and Russell (In Search of a Life Less Ordinary, Australia) to write on a joint […]

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This morning as I took Oli for a long walk, I was deep in thought. An old friend had seen the recent New York Times article I’d shared on Facebook (The Dutch Way: Bicycles and Fresh Bread); he had popped up out of the blue to ask a few questions. At first I thought they were […]

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  High on my priority list these days is getting outside and enjoying the fresh air and warm weather.   And of course, the sunshine.    I realize that statement isn’t particularly earth-shattering.   It is summertime, after all. Why wouldn’t I?   For those of us raised in the northern hemisphere, we’re accustomed to […]

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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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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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Spring in the Netherlands means many things: newborn lambs, crops in freshly turned soil, growing daylight that extends each day by several minutes each morning and evening. But most of all, it means tulip season. Which means the Keukenhof, in Lisse. Actually, after two years (and three springs) here in Nederland, I’ve come to understand […]

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Okay, welcome back to sharing with an inbound expat info and experience gleaned while living in Nederland. If you happened to miss it, here’s the first installment of sharing the expat wealth from two days ago. Just a quick reminder that these are my views, based on my research, experiences,  and conversations with many others. People choose to live outside […]

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One more! Okay, I realize that this technically is NOT  a bicycle, but you have to admit folks do things with style here! (If you’re confused by this photo, check out my previous post here.)

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The Dutch sure do love their bicycles, yes they do! And I think it definitely falls into the ‘Oddities’ category. Now it’s not odd that they truly enjoy riding their bicycles everywhere. Bikes are a great way to get around: (relatively) low-cost, minimal maintenance, self-powered so you’re not dependent on fuel, healthy. So it’s not surprising that […]

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A couple weeks ago we had a rogue early morning that was a fair bit warmer than the days before. I’m only talking 7 degrees Celsius (mid-40s Fahrenheit) here, but warm IS relative, you know. I was putting out the garbage can for early pick-up, and immediately noticed the sound of the birds in some of the trees. […]

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Okay, so I’m puttering along on my writing ‘to do’ list (which happens to be a mile long, but that’s ASFAT*) and I get to the entry about highlighting blogs I love. My thought was that each month I’d shine the spotlight on a blog I find interesting, amusing, creative, intriguing, hilarious, thought-provoking. And in […]

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It’s December. We’re in what I affectionately call ‘the dark time’. Daylight is precious. The sun goes down well before 5 o’clock in the afternoon, doesn’t come up until almost 8:30 in the morning. But I am a ‘half full’ kind of gal. So I remind myself that it would be worse if we lived even […]

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It has been about 18 months since we arrived to join Husband. Today I was walking over to the shopping street near our neighborhood, intent on running some errands. My mind wandered back to the first time I had gone shopping for groceries, or to the hardware store or the post office. I tried to recall […]

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The first time you arrive somewhere, anywhere, you’re seeing it through fresh eyes. Sometimes when I’m driving around Den Haag, through the Dutch countryside, or close to Amsterdam, I’m transported back to the first time I saw it all. It was not quite two years ago, when Son, Daughter and I came to visit Husband. […]

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I am frequently asked by other expats, Dutch acquaintances and even strangers how we came to be living here in Nederland. Why did we decide to move from our home country to live abroad? Why did we choose to become expats? In an earlier post, I explained briefly that we moved here from the East Coast […]

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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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