Monthly Archives: August 2007

Jimmy The Spider: A Children’s Story

A few days ago I discovered a spider in my back garden that had spun a web over my bicycle. I don’t know if it was attempting to cocoon the whole thing but it inspired me to write a children’s story about a young ambitious spider. Over the next two weeks I am going to be taking a short break from blogging while I am on holiday in the UK. I’ll be back again at […]

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Quote of the Week: Onions

The following takes place between the hours of 10:56pm and 10:58pm while walking through Amsterdam’s flower market with a friend visiting from England: Friend (Commenting on one of the flower stands) “Wow. That is a lot of onions.” Pause Me (With one eyebrow raised) “You do realize those are tulip bulbs and not onions… right?” Friend (Looking embarrassed) “Oh…” Me (Trying not to laugh) “You do know we are in the flower market… right?” Friend […]

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Mismatch

At some point in their lives most people have warn odd socks. Some people place mismatching socks upon their feet accidentally because they are still half asleep as they try to dress themselves. Others wear odd socks as a fashion statement or as a way of rebelling against the fascist matching socks rules that society imposes upon them. However, this is nothing. Today I managed to take footwear defiance a step farther. When I arrived […]

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Charlie?

There are a lot of shady looking characters who hang around Amsterdam. They silently wait by street corners and alleyways. Anyone who has lived in the city long enough knows how it works. Sometimes they quietly wait to be approached, other times they advance with out warning. However, they always ask the same question in the same hushed whisper. It’s a question I have been asked many times myself. It is only a single word […]

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How to Confuse a Dutch Person

Confuse a Dutch Person

During the last couple of weeks I have noticed a great improvement in my Dutch language skills. I can now communicate better then I have been able to before. I became aware of this progression in my abilities because of one simple fact. I am now able to confuse a Dutch Person very easily when I speak to them in their own language. The more confused they look during our conversation the better I am […]

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