Category Archives: politics

The Whitewashing of the Red Light

Quartier Putain is just one of the many examples of how Amsterdam is trying to essentially erase its status as Europe’s Sin City. Recent city initiatives like Project 1012 have shuttered several of its iconic prostitute windows and continue to … Continue reading

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A Shop Cat in De 9 Straatjes

De 9 Straatjes (“The Nine Streets”) is a series of side streets in Amsterdam lined with boutiques, restaurants and places where you can pay 60 Euros for a haircut. It’s all totally adorable. Tourists and locals alike go there to … 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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Dirty Postcards

I went on my first trip to Europe in the autumn of 2007. My friend Dan lent me his REI backpack for the journey and, to return the favor, I sent him a dirty postcard from every country I visited. … Continue reading

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The 2012 American Presidential Election, German-Style

CNN could learn a thing or three from ZDF. The German TV station’s election night coverage has so far featured live interviews with dogs in Washington DC, a diner-themed bar on the stage, newscasters chugging beer,  a blogger pundit with … Continue reading

Posted in Germany, holidays, politics, United States, video, weird

Tales From De Wallen, Episode 1

Here’s the first, and no doubt last, installment of a comic strip series I’ve created titled “Tales From De Wallen.” The following could probably use some context. I was hiking back to Amsterdam Centraal last Saturday afternoon, completely oblivious to … Continue reading

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Generation WTF?

A few years ago, a colleague of mine boarded a plane from Portland to San Francisco, the first leg of a journey to Paris. She found herself sitting next to an elderly American woman who asked her why she was … Continue reading

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