Category Archives: The Netherlands

Well Balanced

I left the house in a mood that stank of rancid vinegar. Our ensuing move to Zurich was looming and I was already late to a lunch date. The mid-August day in The Hague did nothing to offer me solace;

Well Balanced

I left the house in a mood that stank of rancid vinegar. Our ensuing move to Zurich was looming and I was already late to a lunch date. The mid-August day in The Hague did nothing to offer me solace;

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

Klout is Ruining My Life

A few weeks back when I had a bit of time on my hands between projects, I steeled my resolve to jump face(book) first into the professional side of social media. For my freelance work I have a Facebook page

The UN English Editors’ Exam: Final Thoughts

It has been a long five months since I posted about my gearing up to take the UN Editors’ examination. Back in February I had given myself low odds of passing. After relentlessly studying French and the UN style guide,

The UN English Editors’ Exam: Final Thoughts

It has been a long five months since I posted about my gearing up to take the UN Editors’ examination. Back in February I had given myself low odds of passing. After relentlessly studying French and the UN style guide,

You Have to Be an Adult to Like Brussels Sprouts

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an adult is being able to eat french fries for lunch. I did that today. And I am not ashamed. To boot, I ate them with a coffee mug of ketchup. When

You Have to Be an Adult to Like Brussels Sprouts

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an adult is being able to eat french fries for lunch. I did that today. And I am not ashamed. To boot, I ate them with a coffee mug of ketchup. When

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

More Than a Million Minutes

This past Saturday, Amaia and I celebrated our two-year anniversary. Traditionalists (clarification: hardcore, know-their-stuff traditionalists) will remind us that the second anniversary is the anniversary of cotton. So if you’re keeping track, the anniversary authorities want you to give your

More Than a Million Minutes

This past Saturday, Amaia and I celebrated our two-year anniversary. Traditionalists (clarification: hardcore, know-their-stuff traditionalists) will remind us that the second anniversary is the anniversary of cotton. So if you’re keeping track, the anniversary authorities want you to give your

Food excites the Dutch

I had the pleasure of completing my 29th trip around the sun yesterday and the double pleasure of finding a post on this fantastic blog regarding a common point of confusion for expats living in The Netherlands. This entry saved

Food excites the Dutch

I had the pleasure of completing my 29th trip around the sun yesterday and the double pleasure of finding a post on this fantastic blog regarding a common point of confusion for expats living in The Netherlands. This entry saved

A Dutchman Walks into a Kitchen

A few months back… British guy: So how are you finding The Netherlands? Me: Great so far. We like where we live and my wife is enjoying her new job. How long have you been here? BG: Me? Oh about

A Dutchman Walks into a Kitchen

A few months back… British guy: So how are you finding The Netherlands? Me: Great so far. We like where we live and my wife is enjoying her new job. How long have you been here? BG: Me? Oh about

Learning French and UNese: Two Weeks In

As part of my own professional development, I have decided to bone up on my French for the upcoming UN exam. Admittedly, I have given myself very low odds of passing, but I do not like failure in any of

Learning French and UNese: Two Weeks In

As part of my own professional development, I have decided to bone up on my French for the upcoming UN exam. Admittedly, I have given myself very low odds of passing, but I do not like failure in any of

Home Sweet Hague

It was a wonderful hiatus. Two weeks in California and four weeks in Washington, DC. For six weeks I was American hipster again; enjoying carefully crafted artisan microbrews and food-geeking out to dishes that included Madagascan Vanilla and Black Truffle

Home Sweet Hague

It was a wonderful hiatus. Two weeks in California and four weeks in Washington, DC. For six weeks I was American hipster again; enjoying carefully crafted artisan microbrews and food-geeking out to dishes that included Madagascan Vanilla and Black Truffle

38-29-52: Measuring Up the North

The Haagse air was brisk and swift. Outfitted with wool socks, long underwear, several layers of clothing and a peacoat, I was ready—to cross the street. Never before had such a short, perfunctory errand (the Albert Heijn is literally across

38-29-52: Measuring Up the North

The Haagse air was brisk and swift. Outfitted with wool socks, long underwear, several layers of clothing and a peacoat, I was ready—to cross the street. Never before had such a short, perfunctory errand (the Albert Heijn is literally across

First Days in Den Haag, Part III: Working

You can check parts I, Apartment Hunting, and II, Living, here and here. I have been freelancing for a couple of years now, being my own boss, janitor and everything in between. I enjoy working this way. To me, all

First Days in Den Haag, Part III: Working

You can check parts I, Apartment Hunting, and II, Living, here and here. I have been freelancing for a couple of years now, being my own boss, janitor and everything in between. I enjoy working this way. To me, all

First Days in Den Haag, Part II: Living

Before we had the apartment I stumbled across what I deemed the best omen one could ask for. It was Monday 19 September. The first day of apartment hunting and we had just dropped the kitties off at the cat

First Days in Den Haag, Part II: Living

Before we had the apartment I stumbled across what I deemed the best omen one could ask for. It was Monday 19 September. The first day of apartment hunting and we had just dropped the kitties off at the cat

First Days in Den Haag, Part I: Apartment Hunting

We made it. We flew to Amsterdam Schiphol with our three suitcases and two cats. We had to drug the poor things so they wouldn’t fuss too much on the plane but apart from telling us how much they like

First Days in Den Haag, Part I: Apartment Hunting

We made it. We flew to Amsterdam Schiphol with our three suitcases and two cats. We had to drug the poor things so they wouldn’t fuss too much on the plane but apart from telling us how much they like

Den Haag at First Blush

So if you read the last post you know that we are moving to The Hague. If you haven’t, I will catch you up: We are moving to The Hague. A few weeks ago when the International Baccalaureate Organization called

Den Haag at First Blush

So if you read the last post you know that we are moving to The Hague. If you haven’t, I will catch you up: We are moving to The Hague. A few weeks ago when the International Baccalaureate Organization called

Tabula Rasa

As a child, I always invited change. I loved in elementary school the days where the teacher would have us rearrange our desks. Sometimes it was a different row, sometimes a different group, but one thing remained constant: I loved

Tabula Rasa

As a child, I always invited change. I loved in elementary school the days where the teacher would have us rearrange our desks. Sometimes it was a different row, sometimes a different group, but one thing remained constant: I loved