Spring is here

I’m back in The Netherlands and last time I was here I promised myself I would see and do more in my little country. South East Asia was very exotic and coming back home I feel a bit of reversed culture shock. It’s a week later now and at times I still feel bad when…

Elections

Today is election day in The Netherlands. For the first time in a long time I am actually voting. It’s not like I wasn’t interested before, but being abroad always makes it more awkward. Even now I had to arrange my vote 4 months ago, when the parties hadn’t even started campaigning yet. When I…

A quick tour through our royal history

Along with winter come all the markets. Winter may not have arrived yet, but we all need to prepare and it seems like the best way to prepare is to go shopping. Together with my mum I stroll past a bunch of different stalls. You can find thick, fluffy blankets, ornaments for your Christmas tree,…

Walking into the stereotype

Kinderdijk, Zaanse schans, Keukenhof, Volendam. These are just a few of the places in The Netherlands that get bus loads of tourists each day, but which I haven’t seen. While I was having dinner with my friends I mentioned I really wanted to see some classic Dutch hot spots, starting with the Zaanse Schans. One…

Exploring the home turf

I established a long time ago that the country I grew up in is not the country I want to grow old in. I just don’t fit in and there are many places I’d rather live. But if you insult my country, you still insult me. I grew up there and the Dutch culture is…

Photos of home

It’s nearly time to go home, or at least move on. In less than a month I’ll be leaving this incredible place. For a few more weeks I am surrounded by mountains. Snow is starting to fall on the peaks. The leaves are changing colors in the valley. I’ve got a little bit more time to…

Travel theme: Fierce

Last year I visited the Kröller Müller museum in Otterlo, The Netherlands. A big part of the art is outside, when you walk up to the museum and in the huge sculpture garden. This is ‘wild boar’ from Piet Slegers. I think the statue looks incredibly fierce, especially with the fog. It’s almost as if…