Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sex Shows

Most people know the Red Light district in Amsterdam for its window prostitutes. But, walking through it, there seem to be just as many sex shows, peep shows, and sex clubs as actual prostitutes. And as you walk by, the … Continue reading

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Cheese

The Dutch are crazy about their cheese. They eat it for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner. You never have to walk far to come across a cheese shop or a cheese stall at the market. I don’t think a single … Continue reading

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Indonesian Food

I had never eaten Indonesian food in my life before coming to The Netherlands. In fact, I don’t think I’d even seen an Indonesian restaurant. And that is quite odd, seeing as in London and New York I ate about … Continue reading

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Harlem v. Haarlem

The name “Harlem” conjures up images of inner city New York, crime, unemployment, and perhaps the Apollo Theater. Here in Holland, Ha(a)rlem is a very different place.  The original Haarlem is a picture-perfect town in North Holland, just outside of … Continue reading

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Fish (or) Chips

When I was living in London, I often enjoyed that staple of the English diet, fish and chips. (For my North American readers, translation: I’m talking about deep-fried fish accompanied with french fries). The amusing thing about Holland is that … Continue reading

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Windmills

Another quintessentially and stereotypical Dutch thing is the windmill. Since the 13th century, thousands of them have been built, although today only 1,000 or so remain.  They were built to mill wheat, corn, flour, barley, and oats; to pump excess water out … Continue reading

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Of the bells, bells, bells, bells…

We live just down the street from the Domtoren (Cathedral Tower) in Utrecht, the tallest church tower in Holland. That means we are constantly hearing the sounds of the 17th-century carillon, the set of 13 bells inside the tower weighing between … Continue reading

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