Not welcome here

Two nights back in my home country – the Netherlands. Two nights! That’s all it took to have our camper’s left side mirror kicked off in the middle of the night. (It’s no permanent damage, but the intention for worse must have been there.) They say the Dutch are tolerant and open-minded. Sure… Until youContinue reading “Not welcome here”

Der, die, das

No matter how hard I try, some things I will probably never fully master. Prime example? The German language. What an absolute horror this is to learn. I can’t say whether it’s worse than my own mother language – Dutch – but at least with that one I was born in the right place, andContinue reading “Der, die, das”

0.5% better

“Ist mir egal,” I answered to the question whether we should continue the meeting in German or English. It just slipped out, without a thought. What a bloody dumb thing to do, eh? To be fair, me and another fellow Dutchie started to continue the conversation in Dutch, but it didn’t work out. We’re onContinue reading “0.5% better”

Happy Easter

Easter Holidays for me already started a couple of days ago, and thus far I have made the most of it. The weather has been fantastic, and we have been outside quite a bit. Mostly, we have enjoyed family walks in the area (what else, given the circumstances). I have really started geeking out onContinue reading “Happy Easter”

Three and counting…*

One thing that I have noticed lately is how keen Germans are to switching the conversation back to German, as soon as an opportunity to do so arises. I thought my level of English would get me through my scientific career, but I was pretty wrong about that. At the moment, my English is slowlyContinue reading “Three and counting…*”

Germany you should – a series (part 3)

When you’re expecting or raising kids, being in Germany is fantastic. Why? In the Netherlands*, the conditions to become parents are pretty grim. My country hates kids. Mothers get four months of maternity leave, which includes the weeks before the baby is born. I guess the government thinks dads should not be involved in raisingContinue reading “Germany you should – a series (part 3)”