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Archive for October, 2014

Creepy Buses in the Netherlands Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

Halloween is the day of spoken and heksen and pompoenen and skeletten. Young and old dress up in een kostuum and walk around their neighborhood asking for snoep. I have great memories of Halloween throughout my life, and it is a day I really enjoy! Although in the Netherlands Halloween isn’t as big as in…

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Tolerance in the Netherlands? Posted by on Oct 29, 2014

Since I moved to the Netherlands, I have been reading and researching about the country. I am impressed by the stories of surviving the hunger winter during World War II, of the stories from immigrants from very different parts of the world that come to the Netherlands to work hard, of the general feel of…

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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! Posted by on Oct 23, 2014

This past weekend was one of the warmste days in October since record keeping began. Temperatures reached a high of 23 degrees Celsius (around 73 degrees Fahrenheit). After a couple of days of rain and cooler temperatures, the warm sunny weekend was very much welcome. The zonnige weekend was the beginning of fall break, and…

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Harry Mulisch: One of the Greatest Posted by on Oct 16, 2014

When I’ve asked people to tell me who they consider the best Dutch writer to be, Harry Mulisch has been everyone’s answer. Having read his novel The Assault, I understand why. The Assault, or De Aanslag in its original Dutch title, tells the story of Anton Steenwijk right at the end of the World War…

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How to Say You are Awesome in Dutch Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

Everyone has a unique set of eigenschappen or characteristics that make them who they are. This mixture is made up of positief and negatief, all of which is relative to the person in question. Some job interviewers like to ask about these eigenshcappen to test the person interviewed. In these situations, saying you are not…

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Message in a Bottle Posted by on Oct 1, 2014

We’ve all seen movies and heard of stories about messages in a bottle traveling to faraway lands. Well this week a bottle a Dutch sailor sent on 2012 in Kaap Hoorn made its way to the Australian island Macquarie. It is estimated that the fles traveled more than 18,600 kilometers, making from Zuid-Amerika through Antarctica…

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