Category Archives: Culture

Winter’s Last Hurrah

The birds are starting to chirp at 6:30 and it is light when my eldest leaves on his bike at 7:30. These are things I have been anticipating eagerly for some time now. I am happy to be heading into … Continue reading

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  I have written before about juggling two cultures and all the traditions and holidays that come with that. Fourteen years in I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it. Halloween was the first big US … Continue reading

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Dates like that with visible history still blow my mind. This church we passed on our bike ride today was built that year. The sign says it now serves as a starting point for some pilgrims walking to Santiago de … Continue reading

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It has been a very unique experience, I think, moving back to a foreign country that was my home for nearly a decade after being gone for the past five years. So much is familiar.  And so much is foreign…still, … Continue reading

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The Dutch and their Bikes

Just a little intermission from my California Saga… Maarten passed this video on to me, and it is such a fun brief explanation of why the Dutch rode – and still ride – bikes.  This daily biking is one of … Continue reading

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Archery in Clogs

Through the years I’ve documented the kids doing things in clogs. I was fascinated to learn when I moved there that the old-style wooden clogs (that I figured were just a tourist commodity now) are still very much used by … Continue reading

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We had a low-key, cozy Saint Nicholas celebration this year; since moving back to America, Sinterklaas has taken a back seat gift-wise, just as Christmas did when we were in the Netherlands.  Balancing and celebrating both traditions has always been … Continue reading

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Smith Lake 2014

We headed out right after school yesterday, stopped to pick up Maarten at his work and drove out to Smith Lake West of Kalispell.  Sam was excited and nervous to try out his new skates from Oma and Opa: His … Continue reading

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The Old Year

I like the Dutch term ‘Old Years Day’ more than the American ‘New Years Eve-Day’.  It puts the focus on the year just past rather than rushing headlong into the New Year, as we Americans are perhaps apt to do, … Continue reading

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I’m thankful for so much, really, it always is hard to narrow it down to a short list.  But right now, the last few days, I’m especially thankful for ice.  Clean, hard, clear ice and the chance it gives us … Continue reading

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