Field Hockey

Don't mess with us.

Don't mess with us.

In many European countries, it’s popular for men to set up local football leagues with their co-workers, peers, and/or neighbours and play regular matches in the evenings and on the weekends.

In Holland, I’ve noticed that it’s often the women who are setting up these clubs, and they are for field hockey, not football.

One of my good Dutch friends has always kept up her regular hockey playing, even through two pregnancies and the pursuit of a successful career. Meanwhile, on a professional level, the Dutch women’s field hockey team has won the Hockey World Cup 6 times, more than any other team in history, and are the reigning Olympic champions. Perhaps kicking ass in field hockey is just another manifestation of the strong Dutch woman.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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