I’m not going to lie, I was SUPER JEALOUS of everyone who got see the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse in real life, and not on CNN when they were eating dinner. But, we did get to see the world’s oldest working planetarium earlier this year which was also impressive. Its creator, Eise Eisinga, a woolcomber… Read More The World’s Oldest Working Planetarium
Bodegraven, the village we lived in for two years, recently came up with a new idea that the process geek in me loves, but the closet Luddite in me loathes. The village recently installed LED lighting strips on the pavement that are synced to traffic lights so that people reading their phones would know if… Read More Great solution or sign of the phone-zombie apocalypse?
Last August, I introduced specific goals to improve my Dutch. They were aggressive for me because I wasn’t doing many of them previously, such as watching Dutch TV or they forced me out of my comfort zone, like the language café. I felt that I needed to do something during the summer to improve my… Read More Deliberate Practice is a technique that can make “anyone great at just about anything”. So, did it improve my Dutch?
HOLY COW – The Chicago Cubs have just won the World Series!!!! As a tribute to The Cubs, I made a fool out of myself last week at various landmarks in The Netherlands and Belgium:
Status update on my 31 Day Dutch Challenge: niet slecht. I excel at watching TV (it helps that the Olympics are on now!) and I’m doing well with flashcards, reading and the Taaltempo book. These past two weeks show that my weakness is speaking. I haven’t been to the Taalcafe once yet, and I have an… Read More 31 Day Dutch Challenge: what is fluency anyways?
When I went back to visit the US, a lot of folks asked me how my Dutch was coming along. My stock answer was “not great.” I’ve made improvements, but I’m behind where I thought I would be by now: I’m slow to speak, I pretend to understand things I don’t, trip over grammar, I… Read More Do or do not: the 31 Day Dutch Challenge
When we first arrived in the Netherlands, Manon asked her aunt, who loves to travel, what her favorite city was. We were surprised when she mentioned Deventer, a medium sized town about an hour away from the German border. Last year*, we decided to go to the Dickens Festijn, a Christmas market and festival for Charles… Read More Dickens Festijn Deventer
One thing that I was looking forward to when we moved here was having fall again. I grew up outside Chicago, and when I moved to Texas, I missed a typical fall day – crisp and slightly chilly air, the sound of leaves crunching under my feet, the leaves turning colors and falling, instead of… Read More Hoge Veluwe National Park and Kröller Müller Museum
I haven’t said much about where we live, probably because there’s not much to say. A friend of ours calls Bodegraven “boterham” (sandwich in Dutch), and that’s fairly accurate. It is a small village in the Randstad right in between Rotterdam (30 km northeast) and Utrecht (30 km west). This weekend is the best time for craft… Read More Bodegraven – Borefts Bier Festival
Here are a few photos from SAIL Amsterdam. Held every five years, it is the largest nautical event in the world. Check out this time lapse from last Friday that shows just how many ships traveled to Amsterdam: