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Plant Therapy

I’ve always loved plants but never had the space for them. My room back in California was too small and dark. That resulted in a lot of dead plants… But here in The Netherlands we have a lot of windows with indirect sunlight. For me, plants are a no brainer. As in, if you have space for something then you should put a plant there. But it took me a few years to find my groove. I killed a few…

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Strange Cooking Habits I have as an American

Sorry for the lack of posts last week. I was stressed out about the election and wanted time to sit and process things. I still have family and friends that live in America, so my home country is still relevant to me. But now I’ve had time off and feel much better. I’m excited for the future! There’s nothing better than knowing that democracy won. Anyway I wanted to talk about something light hearted for my first post back, but…

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Studio Ghibli and my childhood

There’s been a heatwave in The Netherlands right now and I want nothing to do with my computer. Instead I’ve spent my time on the couch under the only fan in our living room. The time away from my PC has given me the opportunity to rewatch some of my favorite childhood movies. And many of them are from Studio Ghibli. So I’ve pried myself off of the couch to share two things. Why Studio Ghibli films became such a…

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I left my country for love in The Netherlands

Ah yes, another post about leaving American for The Netherlands. It’s been almost 4 years now and I should be over it right? I am for the most part. But a reality show on TV helped refresh a few emotions and I thought it would be a good time to talk about them. A show called 90 Day Fiancé is making its rounds again. But instead of couples coming together and living in America, this time the American citizens follow…

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Growing up as a First Generation American

My parents immigrated to America in 1985. Both of them had been born and raised in India. They left behind everything. Family, friends, years of memories and connections. They lived in a seedy part of Los Angeles for years before they could afford to move out to a small unknown town. Here, in this tiny suburban in Southern California, is where they bought a house, and started their family. I was the first of my family to be born in…

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I joined an Online Book Club

I’ve always been a huge fan of book clubs. Not because being social is easy for me, but because I get to hear what other people think about books. I was in a book club of coworkers from my bookstore days and those were some of the best get togethers I’ve attended. We were a group of people who got to nerd out with books. And our community knew us too! We used to gather at a local eatery to…

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A Few Beautiful Dutch Words

Dutch words are hard to read and even harder to say. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful language. Dutch has its quirks and charms, and even those words that make you want to gag. I was disappointed when I first learned that duck was “eend.” However, if you add a -je to the end of it, eendje sounds so much cuter and is a ton more fun to say. I use -je for as much as I can.…

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My experience with the Dutch ONA

The Dutch ONA is, in theory, simple. It’s the Orientation on the Dutch Labor Market. Meaning you understand how the Dutch job system works. You can also apply for a job, understand what schooling would is important and how to be a competent worker. Easy right? Especially for someone who had held a job. Ah well.. If only it was that simple. I was nervous about it so I bought the workbook to help me. I understand that they want…

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How to create a gourmetten spread

Spending time with family is very important to the Dutch. Since The Netherlands is such a tiny country, it’s pretty easy for family to get together for the holidays. One very popular and easy to prepare meal setting is the gourmetten spread. I’ve mentioned it previously but I’ve never talked about how to recreate one. If you come from America, picture something like a Korean BBQ at home. You gather together and spend time chatting in a comfortable environment with friends…

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