Posts Tagged: experience

Whisky Foxtrot Hotel

Growing up in the US, it was all too easy to replicate the ideals that are espoused in so much of our popular culture and our work culture at large. Long hours, no lunch break, shame in taking your meager

Whisky Foxtrot Hotel

Growing up in the US, it was all too easy to replicate the ideals that are espoused in so much of our popular culture and our work culture at large. Long hours, no lunch break, shame in taking your meager

D’heim in Züri

Long ago before I knew what “Isch guet gsi” meant, before I had proper fondue at the end of a 40-minute winter snow trek in the dark to a log hut in the middle of the cold, before my son

D’heim in Züri

Long ago before I knew what “Isch guet gsi” meant, before I had proper fondue at the end of a 40-minute winter snow trek in the dark to a log hut in the middle of the cold, before my son

I’m Not Sorry, Just Me

********* Author’s note: I wrote this in February 2013, just two months before my “nerdy 30”. I guess apprehension is something I struggle with in my writing since I haven’t wanted to revisit this post until recently. But something in

I’m Not Sorry, Just Me

********* Author’s note: I wrote this in February 2013, just two months before my “nerdy 30”. I guess apprehension is something I struggle with in my writing since I haven’t wanted to revisit this post until recently. But something in

The Day I Grew Up

I was ‘buddy’. Buddy was also my uncle’s old dog, but to my dad, I was buddy. “Buddy, go get your glove and let’s play catch.” “Buddy, you need to sweep the patio and pick up the dog pooh and

The Day I Grew Up

I was ‘buddy’. Buddy was also my uncle’s old dog, but to my dad, I was buddy. “Buddy, go get your glove and let’s play catch.” “Buddy, you need to sweep the patio and pick up the dog pooh and

Life After Facebook

I had been inching toward my own Facebook cliff since about October, and when I happened upon this article about stress and Facebook, it brought me right to the edge. If you don’t want to click the link (and I totally

Life After Facebook

I had been inching toward my own Facebook cliff since about October, and when I happened upon this article about stress and Facebook, it brought me right to the edge. If you don’t want to click the link (and I totally

Zurich at First Blush

After a travel day that was as rocky as the cobblestone streets that trace the city’s old district, I have been calmed by the serenity of this tidy and enchanting place. An early morning walk through downtown provided me the

Zurich at First Blush

After a travel day that was as rocky as the cobblestone streets that trace the city’s old district, I have been calmed by the serenity of this tidy and enchanting place. An early morning walk through downtown provided me the

Más Cojonudo que Levantar una Piedra (Better Than Lifting a Rock)

Kaixo! Vacation season has started and we are out armed with our camera shooting everything that moves. From the chilly northern clime of the Low Countries we have descended to the Basque Country in Boise, Idaho. My sister, brother-in-law and

Más Cojonudo que Levantar una Piedra (Better Than Lifting a Rock)

Kaixo! Vacation season has started and we are out armed with our camera shooting everything that moves. From the chilly northern clime of the Low Countries we have descended to the Basque Country in Boise, Idaho. My sister, brother-in-law and

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

D.C. Vacation: Brunch

The old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is unequivocally wrong. Brunch is the king of meals and we should eat brunch more often than on any given Sunday, Mothers’ day and Easter. In fact,

D.C. Vacation: Brunch

The old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is unequivocally wrong. Brunch is the king of meals and we should eat brunch more often than on any given Sunday, Mothers’ day and Easter. In fact,

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

Just Another Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Better-Wear-My-Sweatpants Day. Whatever you call it, the fourth Thursday of November is truly the most American holiday of them all, except for Independence Day. And Christmas. And probably Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. I’d better add Labor

Just Another Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Better-Wear-My-Sweatpants Day. Whatever you call it, the fourth Thursday of November is truly the most American holiday of them all, except for Independence Day. And Christmas. And probably Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. I’d better add Labor

Quips on Quite

I say this word quite a lot. If you are American, or at least within my personal lexical sphere, then you understand that this word is accessed quite often in my everyday speech. To someone from London (I can’t say

Quips on Quite

I say this word quite a lot. If you are American, or at least within my personal lexical sphere, then you understand that this word is accessed quite often in my everyday speech. To someone from London (I can’t say

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

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

Don’t Forget to Enjoy the View

With or without context, I have always found this to be great advice.  I generally stay away from giving advice as I prefer to simply nudge the boat; so by advice I mean, “words you can keep in your back

Don’t Forget to Enjoy the View

With or without context, I have always found this to be great advice.  I generally stay away from giving advice as I prefer to simply nudge the boat; so by advice I mean, “words you can keep in your back

Ezkontzak: Why You Should Go to a Basque Wedding

A few weekends ago, Amaia and I went back up to her homeland of Euskadi to celebrate. It is wedding season and so far the gettin’s good. Our friends, Nekane and Aitor, got hitched in Orduña and are now on

Ezkontzak: Why You Should Go to a Basque Wedding

A few weekends ago, Amaia and I went back up to her homeland of Euskadi to celebrate. It is wedding season and so far the gettin’s good. Our friends, Nekane and Aitor, got hitched in Orduña and are now on