Last weekend, Amsterdam seemed rather dingy. Amsterdam is an open-air museum populated by completely inebriated, cannabis-smoking tourists and a local population who congratulate themselves on being so tolerant. But all these different facets of society live in completely parallel worlds. Everyone seemed to be pigeonholed: by attitude, clothes and behaviour.
Do you know what I missed most? A sense of adventure. The impression that people are really living here, these are…Continue
Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:58am
Each country has its own guidelines for passport photos. The Dutch guidelines included: don’t smile and uncover your ears. ‘Well, look at me,’ said another woman. She retrieved a scarf from her bag and folded it around her head. Neither ears nor hair were on display. ‘My embassy demands it!’ she yelled. Might there be countries that insisted on a burka?
It makes me angry: law-abiding citizens are being treated as potential terrorists, only to be shot down because the airline flies…
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:57pm
I’ve been to watch the Tour de France with my sister, in London, because I’ve been living there for the past six weeks. The Tour’s finish line was within walking distance.
Londoners ride their bikes kitted out with knee, elbow and head protection, plus a flashing light. And they cycle at high speed, as if they’re out to win the Tour de France. There is a general lack of cycling lanes, which makes it dangerous, but the cyclists themselves don’t improve matters. I’ve made up my…Continue
Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:27am
The first thing we noticed about her was her hat; a black hat with protruding bits. A witch’s hat. This hat moved up and down behind the fence which surrounded the dog-walking area.
I was moving some things to England with the help of D and his white van. We were a bit early, and therefore had some time to spare.
After about half an hour, the woman with the hat had summoned up enough courage to approach us. She told us her story: she was an economist from Chechnya who had…
Posted on June 23, 2014 at 10:41am