Minibieb tour of Amsterdam

A lot of things have changed about my reading habits since moving to Amsterdam. The biggest shift came when I had to divest myself of most of the books that I’ve been accumulating more or less since middle school. This has had the obvious result of chopping down my TBR pile into a measly slim stack. […]

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Stuff I ate in #Amsterdam – Authentic India grocery store

It’s a damn shame, but the Indian restaurants in Amsterdam are all pretty crap. Honestly, you can get better Indian food in Louisville. The Dutch have Indonesian food as their go-to takeaway and that, plus Holland’s fairly bland palate and intolerance of spicy foods, means that good Indian food is tough to find. I’ve tried dozens of […]

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Stuff I did in #Amsterdam – Urban Sports Week

Over the weekend Amsterdam was host to a huge variety of urban sports demos and tournaments as part of Urban Sports Week Amsterdam. As an old, I was pretty unfamiliar to the world of urban sports (beyond skateboarding and tourist bashing) and it was delightful to wander around the city watching the kids do their flips. […]

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My Old Kentucky Homesickness

I love Amsterdam, but every so often I get a hankering for my home town. Usually it’s not a specific thing I’m missing, more the general feel of the place. Sometimes it’s comforting to FaceTime with my friends and family, but I’ve discovered that nothing conjures up the feeling of being back in Kentucky like engaging […]

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Stuff I ate in #Amsterdam – WAU Malaysian Restaurant

I never would have found this place if my friend didn’t already know about it. It’s one of those restaurants in Amsterdam that’s totally unassuming from the outside with surprisingly delicious food. My theory is that these hidden gems have a higher density along Zeedijk (where WAU is located), but I need to do more research to […]

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Stuff I did in #Amsterdam – Bed Talks at The Student Hotel

The Student Hotel has a new location in Amsterdam and they celebrated their grand opening on Friday with a slew of events. Most exciting for me was Bed Talks – a “free thinking festival” with demos, workshops and speakers around a variety of topics. I got there early to meet a friend and after registering and picking […]

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Culture clash: the little things that make all the difference

It’s hard to believe that I’m fast approaching my two year anniversary as an expat in Amsterdam. The time has really flown and a lot has changed. We’ve come a long way since that first bleary-eyed morning when we arrived at Schiphol with four suitcases and two cats. The hardest part about adjusting to life in […]

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Stuff I did in #Amsterdam – Allard Pierson Museum

Amsterdam is its best self in spring. The tulips are blooming and the sun peeks out at least a little nearly every day. Like most places, though, in Amsterdam the weather in spring is wildly unpredictable. Trenton and I had cycled into the city center the other day to do some shopping and just as we […]

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Why being an immigrant makes me feel like an asshole

When you’re preparing to move abroad, there are a lot of places you can turn to for advice. Trenton’s company provided a relocation specialist who helped us navigate all the paperwork and legal stuff. The internet will always be an endless fount of knowledge. Trenton’s coworkers – particularly the native Dutchies – were happy to […]

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