Monthly Archives: September 2009

Accidental Confession

As someone who is learning to speak Dutch I have learned to accept that there will be times when my attempts to speak the language will not go quite as I had plan and that there are other times when it will ‘really’ not go as I had plan. One such example happened recently during a dinner party my girlfriend and I were hosting for two friends, Marjolein and Marije. During the dinner we spoke […]

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The Break Up

This is not an easy thing for me to do but we need to talk about our relationship. This is why I am writing you this letter. I accepted early on that I would have to share you with other people and sometimes it would be standing room only. I knew that you wanted to be treated first class but I could only afford second. We made it work back then but lately I feel […]

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Photos Uit Amsterdam: Crime Section

This photo was taken in the American Book Center on Spui. The crime section had become a crime scene after an argument over the last copy of Baantjer’s latest book got slightly out of hand. The investigation has concluded from the body’s position that the victim still tried to grab the paperback even during his final moments. Police are calling it the strongest book recommendation they have ever seen.

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Mop Attack

Have you ever done something on an impulse and never thought about the repercussions until it is too late? On Thursday I did just that. On Thursday I bought a mop. I know this hardly sounds like earth shattering news. In fact it probably sounds like the only possible repercussion of buying a mop is that I would have to mop something such as a floor. However, while I was standing in Blokker and handing […]

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Elephants in Amsterdam

I have seen them here and there. I have seen them everywhere. I have seen elephants in the streets. I have seen elephants next to fiets (bikes). I have seen elephants in the park. I have seen elephants after dark. Is it a mass break out from the zoo or has my mind finally said, “goodbye, toodaloo.” I have seen elephants here and there. I have seen them everywhere. I have seen elephants in lots […]

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