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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Groningen Round-Up 4 (Quarantine Edition)

It’s been about six weeks since I last posted about our trip to Munich for Shane’s interview, and, despite being in ‘intelligent lockdown’, quite a bit has changed since then! First up… can you spot the difference?! If you guessed bikes vs flowers well, you’re wrong. 🤷‍♀️ But you were close though – so good […]

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Happy New Year from Holland!

Ah – the New Year. The practice of leaving the old behind and ushering in an era of new beginnings. When you say it like this, it sounds calm and peaceful, right? Not if you’re in the Netherlands. Ok – so maybe my video isn’t that dramatic but it surely felt dramatic! Notice that constant […]

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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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Utrecht, the Netherlands

Guys, we did it. It’s taken us 5.5 years, but we made the long and treacherous 1 hour and 56 minute train ride from Groningen to Utrecht! I know our days in the Netherlands are numbered, so I have an unofficial Dutch bucket-list running in my mind. We’ve hit a number of the major Dutch […]

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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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Keukenhof & Koningsdag

We are just rockin’ and rollin’ on our Netherlands bucket list this year! A few weeks ago, we finally made it to the renowned Keukenhof gardens! We were lucky to have some family visiting the Netherlands, so we met up in Amsterdam and headed about 30 min south to Lisse, where the gardens are located. […]

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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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