Monthly Archives: August 2011

Amerika + Canada

I’m leaving today for a long trip through the US and Canada. While I’m excited to see my friends and family across North America, I feel sad to say good-bye to the wonderful summer I’ve been having in Holland. By … Continue reading

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Pancakes on the Canal

We were pedal boating along the Oudegracht canal in Utrecht on Saturday (more on this in a future blog post) when we ran into some friends who sitting at one of the cafés on the water-level sidewalk by the canal (a feature unique to … Continue reading

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Surinamese Cuisine

Last week I tried Surinamese cuisine for the first time. I had already eaten take-away surinaamse broodjes for lunch (and learned about the Dutch colonial history in Suriname in the process), but this time we went to a proper Surinamese restaurant. … Continue reading

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Begijnhof

One of the most beautiful corners of Amsterdam which I like to return to every so often (especially when I have visitors new to the city) is the Begijnhof. It is an oasis of peace and tranquility, only a stone’s … Continue reading

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Let’s Have Dutch Tonight?

A Dutch restaurant (or as close as it comes). Imagine it’s Friday night and you are making plans with your friends. You are thinking about going out for dinner. Someone suggests, “I fancy a curry, let’s go for Indian food.” … Continue reading

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Canal Dredging

One day we noticed a couple of Dutch youth (probably hockey-playing fraternity boys, judging by their telltale Dutch hair) dropping what looked like lightweight anchors attached to long ropes into The Drift, one of the canals in Utrecht. They seemed to be trying … Continue reading

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Bizarre Bicycles

I recently wrote about the many cute, colourful, flower-adorned bicycles that have made an appearance in the summertime. Shortly after making that post, I was in Amsterdam one day sitting at the window seat in a café when a woman pulled up and … Continue reading

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