Trenton on the beach in Zandvoort, the Netherlands

bike trip from Haarlem to Zandvoort

We started our trip, in earnest, at Haarlem Station. We bought day passes in order to take our bicycles on the train and it couldn’t have been easier. We cycled from our apartment to Amsterdam Centraal Station, hopped on an Intercity to Haarlem and were soon on our way. The Art Nouveau style at Haarlem […]

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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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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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the expat spirit of aloha

shalom, aloha, namaste, tashi delek It’s a melancholic and contradictory aspect of expat life that we’re always eager to connect with people and also constantly saying goodbye. We’re the nomads and the travelers of the world and we’re used to being the ones doing the leaving. But if you live any place where expats gather, at some point […]

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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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