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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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I always had a soft spot for The Netherlands.  Little did I know, by a twist of fate, I would begin 2011 with a new life in Holland.  And so I created this blog to share with the world my … Continue reading

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Good-Bye, Don’t Cry

Today is a very sad day. It’s my last day living in the Netherlands. I know I’ve been going away and coming back a lot, but this time it’s for good. Please don’t cry! It has been such a pleasure … Continue reading

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Chocolate Letters

While other countries are preparing for the approach of the Christmas season, Holland can enjoy a shorter wait for the Sinterklaas Season. In mid-November, Saint Nicholas (the basis for the North American figure Santa Claus) will arrive in the Netherlands by … Continue reading

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Bike, Bus, Train, Plane, Aeroplane

Despite the moaning of many Dutch people (many of whom haven’t experienced the joy of engineering works on the London Underground), I find public transport in the Netherlands to be of an excellent standard. As someone who doesn’t like the … Continue reading

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Stolen Bikes

I think every single Dutch person has a story about how their bike was stolen. Or every person who has ever owned a bicycle in Holland for that matter. I have the distinction of having “my” bicycle stolen before I’d … Continue reading

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Field Hockey

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 … Continue reading

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Red Light Boats

I previously blogged about our local red light district in Utrecht, conveniently located next to the supermarket where we do our regular shopping. Well, it turns out there is another red light district in Utrecht, and this one is… on boats. Canals … Continue reading

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