Monthly Archives: September 2007

Robodock 2007

If I told you that I spent the weekend following a fire breathing mechanical horse through a bizarre realm of steam powered music and flaming serpents you might think that I have been taking advantage of Holland’s soft law on recreational narcotics and spent the last few days in a drug fueled fantasy land of hallucinations. However, before anyone decides to organize an intervention I should explain that I was in fact at the Robodock […]

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The Unintentional Question Effect

I have recently noticed a strange phenomenon that accurse during the early stages of an expat’s attempt to learn the language of their host country. I have decided to call this phenomenon, ‘The Unintentional Question Effect’ since it happens when an expat unintentionally adds a rising inflection to the end of a sentence, thus making everything they say sound like a question. The rising inflection is often added simply because we are questioning if we […]

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Bubble Bath

Today I learnt a new Dutch word. The word I have learnt is Schuimbad, which in English means bubble bath. I can not really claim that it is a word that will greatly expand my Dutch communication skills. It is not really a word that gets much use in normal everyday banter. There is not an easy way to start a conversation with a stranger about bubble bath with out getting a few worried looks […]

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London Visit

After two weeks of visiting friends and family in England I have returned to Holland. During my visit I: – Took part in the English tradition of self inflicted liver damage coursed by the consumption of vast quantities of alcoholic based beverages. – Confused a waiter by accidentally speaking Dutch. – Got very sunburnt. – Danced to a lot of 80s music. – Willingly ate vegemite, liked it and lost a two year long running […]

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