Category Archives: Holland

Nineteen Snapshots From the Annual Japanese Market in Leiden

Every May, the SieboldHuis Museum hosts a market in downtown Leiden devoted to all things Nihongo. Here’s some photos from this year’s edition…

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15 Snapshots From Rollende Keukens 2013

This past weekend marked Rollende Keukens (“Rolling Kitchens”), one of the most popular annual festivals in Amsterdam. In fact, it’s become so popular that the place was jam-packed on Thursday night. I’m talking “Walmart on Black Friday at Midnight” packed. … Continue reading

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Another Perspective on the Dutch Monarchy

Tomorrow, April 30th, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will abdicate and turn over her throne to her son, Willem-Alexander. Since announcing her decision back in January, there’s been, roughly, 10 thousand articles in the Dutch media about it and no less … Continue reading

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Mutant Minnie Mouses, Strange Clowns and Songs About Blood – Eels @ the Paradiso, April 1st, 2013

What defines a great rock show? For me, it’s not so much the music as it is the enthusiasm and passion of the band on stage. I’ve seen some shows that have been brilliant, on the musical level, but completely … Continue reading

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The Furballs of Leiden

There’s plenty of familiar faces in the historic center of Leiden. The butcher, the baker and the…yeah, there’s probably a candlestick maker around here somewhere. There’s also plenty of furry faces that are always hanging around. Here’s just a few … Continue reading

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A Video and Eight More Snapshots From the Amsterdam Light Festival

Will the festival become an annual tradition in Mokum Alef? We can only hope. My favorite installation at the fest was this first one, “Wishing Well.” Dropping a coin in a slot mounted on a bridge over one of the city’s … Continue reading

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BioShock Meets Alice in Wonderland

“BioShock Meets Alice in Wonderland” = the best analogy I can think of to describe the incredibly weird exhibit that invaded Leiden’s Lakenhal Museum a few months ago. Titled Pearls in the Arts, it integrates the museum’s existing galleries with … Continue reading

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Five Snapshots From the Amsterdam Light Festival

Nothing less, nothing more but click here for additional information about the festival. Happy holidays, y’all!  

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The Press Trip

A little over a year ago, I had the good fortune to go on a real-deal, honest-to-goodness, bonafide press trip through the Languedoc region of southern France.  So what are these treks really like? What is it like to spend a week … Continue reading

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Are You a Man or a Muppet? The Problem With Restaurants These Days

Have you ever wondered what an 18 Euro breakfast burrito looks like? Well, here you go… Over the weekend, I found myself in the middle of a Twitter bickerfest with Jason Hartley, the culinary guru behind Lovefood, a restaurant located in … Continue reading

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