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Archive for July, 2015

When driving…watch out for the bike! Posted by on Jul 29, 2015

The latest integration project I have started is driving. While I learned to drive many many years ago, getting a driver’s license in the Netherlands is quite a process. Because I am a Dutch resident, I am required to take the driving exam even though I had a driver’s license in Texas and in Mexico. Some expats…

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Tulip-mania…in French? Posted by on Jul 22, 2015

I am a big book nerd and moving to the Netherlands gave me an excuse to look for books about the Netherlands. The latest book in my list was The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas. I know the choice seems bizarre because Dumas is a French writer, and, to make matters worse, never visited the Netherlands.…

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One Year After Flight MH17 Posted by on Jul 17, 2015

One year ago, the Malaysia plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in a rebel area of Ukraine. All 285 passengers and 15 crew members were killed. To make matters worse, the recovery of bodies and evidence was stalled because of the unrest in the area. A week later, the first remains…

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The Perks of Pets in the Netherlands Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

Since I moved to the Netherlands, I have enjoyed the freedom pet owners have to take their loving furry friends to stores and restaurants. Other than the grocery store, dogs accompany their owners to the market and the terraces, enjoying the sunny days and people-watching. Everyday dozens of people walk by my home with a…

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Greece and the Grexit Posted by on Jul 8, 2015

The European Union is under a lot of pressure at the moment because of the situation in Greece. While some are in favor of the Greek refusing anymore cutbacks, others argue that their debts cannot be forgiven. The following days will prove to be difficult ones in which our leaders and the troika will decide…

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