A Week of Happies (no crappies!)

Sorry for the language, but 2020 is a sh*t show. I mean, now Kayne is running for President? I just can’t. And Shane’s job? It was supposed to start in May and now we’re looking at September (more on that in a later post). Thanks, Corona! My sister and soon-to-be brother-in-law taught us a game: […]

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Germany: First Impressions

Ah, first impressions. They can make or break a relationship. So far, Germany has been kind to us. We’ve been here for two weeks, so I thought I’d put on paper (on screen?) our first impressions of living in our newly adopted country. Learning German is a must. Ok – so we could probably get […]

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Hello, Munich!

Tot ziens, Holland. Willkommen in Deutschland! We did it, we made it to Munich! Before I start, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge current world events – specifically the Black Lives Matter protests happening in America right now. As an American living abroad for the foreseeable future, to be honest, I feel a […]

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Dear Holland: a love letter

If you’re reading this, then we are officially no longer residence of the Netherlands. I started to write this post a few days ago, but something just didn’t feel right about it. Last week, we finished watching the Michael Jordan documentary on Netflix, and it made me realize that we’re having our own version of […]

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The adventure continues!

Six years ago, we moved to the Netherlands so that I (Shane) could complete a PhD. Last March, I completed said PhD. Since that time, I’ve searched for a postdoc position while working as a freelance science editor. Why such a long job search? Well, there are a couple of issues: My research interests are […]

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Merry Sinterklaas!

I don’t think that’s a thing people say, but ya know what? I like it so I’m going with it. It’s December 5th which means it’s pakjesavond (present evening) and if you were a good little one throughout out the year, maybe Sinterklaas replaced that carrot in your shoe with some treats! Tonight is the […]

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5 Reasons to Love Groningen, the Netherlands

I can’t quite believe what I’m writing, but this weekend marks our 5th Dutch-iversary! The whole reason we sold all our stuff, packed up the cat, and moved across an ocean was for Shane to start a Ph.D. program at Rijksuniverseteit Groningen (aka: the University of Groningen). I’m beyond thrilled / proud / insert other […]

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The Siberian Bear

IT HAPPENED! The canals (and ponds) froze! We’ve heard rumor of this, but it hasn’t been cold enough for long enough to make it a reality. I don’t think the canals in Amsterdam have been frozen enough to skate/walk on since 2012, so I imagine it’s safe to say that for Groningen as well. But, […]

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