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De minibieb! Posted by on May 26, 2015

A new phenomenon appears more and more in the Netherlands: De minibieb!  A minibieb is a mini library, to make up for normal libraries that close more and more. Libraries in the Netherlands are often owned by the local government, or municipality. Normally, people have a library pass they pay for, and then they can borrow…

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I must confess…I am a yogi! Posted by on May 20, 2015

I wrote recently about working out and I have a confession to make: I am a yogi! I do not mean yogi in that I can fold myself like an origami figure, I just simply LOVE doing yoga! It all started about three years ago when my mom talked me into going with her to yoga.  I…

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Offending the King or Freedom of Speech? Posted by on May 18, 2015

The morning of Thursday May 7th, the Paleis op de Dam woke up with a strong message: F*** de Koning. Whoever is responsible for this graffitied the place Wednesday night. It seems the message is in reaction to a previous incident. An activist protesting Zwarte Piet yelled out f*** de koning, f**** de koning, f*** het koningshuis and was…

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National Windmill Day (Because such a day exists in the Netherlands!) Posted by on May 14, 2015

This past weekend was “National Windmill Day” or Nationale Molendag in the Netherlands. The approximately 900 windmills in the Netherlands were open for people to visit, and many people made a day of it! By coincidence, Riccardo and I had lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Beek which is right in front of a…

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Remembrance and Liberation Day Posted by on May 7, 2015

Last Monday and Tuesday, the Netherlands celebrated two very important days. The first was on May 4th and is called Dodenherdenking. It is a day in which all those who died in World War II are remembered. The flags around the Netherlands were at half stance and at 20:00 a minute of silence was observed. Over 200,000…

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