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Moshi Moshi Fair 2018

Saturdays are usually a time for us to be lazy but we made an exception for Moshi Moshi Fair 2018. Inspired by the traditional Japanese matsuri, Moshi Moshi Fair came with the promise to allow visitors to experience Japanese Culture at its best. This year it was located in Amstel Park. Japanese Festivities There were a few traditional Japanese games like fishing for prizes or using a small gun to hit a target. However, food was probably the main stage here. Delicious…

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How the Dutch decorate their gardens

The Dutch garden is taken very seriously. When buying a home, one detail to look for is where the garden is located. Ideally it will be in the south where the sun will fall for most of the day. The Dutch love the sun and a south facing garden has the potential to make the most of daylight. And how exactly do the Dutch decorate these spaces? While it varies from household to household, it’s common to see a few…

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Lifestyle Tourism

Anime Con 2018

The Netherlands is small on many accounts but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have niche events. One of these is the largely anticipated Anime Con. People from all across Europe make the journey to Den Haag to celebrate their love of Anime and Manga. Sander and I made it last year to Anime Con and we went again this year. As always, it’s an intimate convention hosted at the World Forum. It’s a yearly event that seems gather a lot of…

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How the Dutch celebrate birthdays

Gefeliciteerd! So it’s your birthday and you want to celebrate it like the Dutch do? Well buckle up kids, we’re in for a wild ride! Greetings The Dutch are relationship focused. This means you go around to every party attendee and congratulate them. That’s right, gefeliciteerd means congratulations. It’s a term used for any sort of congratulations but is mostly used for birthdays. It’s to say “whew, they made it another year!” and it’s impolite to skip a guest. This is also the…

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Lifestyle Skincare & Beauty

Skincare edit – The Ordinary

The thing about skincare, is that it takes time to see real results. I’ve been using a few new items from THE ORDINARY. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the brand and have been wanting to try it for a while now. It’s a no nonsense brand where the user decides on what they want out of skincare. There’s a product for every concern and it’s easy to put together an arsenal that’s personalized to your needs. I know…

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Lifestyle To do list

June to do list

June is already here! With it will come long summer days and balmy nights. Sander and I have wasted no time in getting back to our bike route. We roughly cover the entire town and do about 5 miles in an evening. Other than that, we’re a bit busier time around so here is June’s to do list! Sushi with Pokémon GO Our local Pokémon GO group is a but unusual. We started off as a select team of “cool…

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How ASMR helps me function properly

Confession time, I use ASMR. People who can fall into bed and turn off the world are lucky. Others, like me, lie awake for hours after the lights have done off. The reasons are different for why it’s hard to fall asleep. We wake up groggy, unable to focus, and irritated at the smallest things. Sleeping has never been an easy thing for me. When I was young I would stay up reading until I could sleep. Then I played…

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How to experience wandelen

The Dutch term wandelen is a bit difficult to explain in English. I’ve been told the term has a variety of definitions depending on who you talk to. I’ve often heard that wandelen is “taking a leisurely stroll out in nature. It’s to experience nature at it’s fullest and to enjoy the time outdoors.” The Dutch definition of it is similar to “walking for sport.” It can be compared to a simple walk in the park or to a muliti-day…

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How the Dutch complain about the weather

Don’t get me wrong, the Dutch are very personable people. That becomes a whole different story when it comes to the weather though. The weather is a topic often spoken about on a casual basis. Most of the time I’m asked about my thoughts on the weather. I also get “Why are you wearing so many warm things?” It’s because I came from very warm place! If I’m too cold then I leap into my cozy sweatshirts and warm socks.…

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