To Everyone Who Asks, “If you hate the US so much, why don’t you just leave?”

To Everyone Who Asks,

Hi, I’m Emily. Obviously, you don’t know me.

I say “obviously” because, if you did, you would know that I haven’t lived in my home country of the United States for over six years.

You might not know the whole story, but you’d know enough: that I left shortly after graduating with my bachelor’s degree, that I went first to New Zealand, and that somehow, I wound up living in Europe with a Dutch boyfriend I picked up along the way. The basics. Continue reading...

My Second Year in the Netherlands

My Second Year in the Netherlands

Yes friends, it’s time again for the official, rarely-imitated-so-accordingly-rarely-duplicated annual check-up. Actually, it was time a few weeks ago, but I mean: what is time, really? Think about that for a minute.

Anyway, I moved to the Netherlands back in September of 2014, which means we’ve just celebrated our second anniversary. (Gefeliciteerd, Nederland!) Let’s take a look at how things went this past year. Continue reading...

Summer 2016 Wrap-Up

Summer Wrap-Up: Netherlands + Minnesota -- Em Dashed

This past “summer” in the Netherlands was pretty much what I’ve come to expect after two years.

It was cold. It was cloudy. It was wet. I grumbled and pouted and questioned nearly every day why I had chosen to live in such a godforsaken place, which I can only assume means I should get my Dutch passport in the mail any day now. (“Je bent één van ons. Veel sterkte.”) Continue reading...

“Going Home” When You Live Abroad

Going Home When You Live Abroad

When you’ve been living abroad for as long as I have, the idea of “going home” starts to become a bit fuzzy.

Though I use the word frequently — both to refer to my apartment here in Dedemsvaart, and my hometown of Minneapolis — if someone were to straight up ask me what I consider home, I wouldn’t be able to answer. At least, not in the traditional sense. Continue reading...

Besides Amsterdam: Travelers Share Their Favorite Dutch Spots

Favorite Dutch Spots

It goes without saying that, for many countries, the capital city is the star of the show.

But until I moved to the Netherlands, I didn’t realize the extent to which Amsterdam steals the spotlight from everywhere else. The amount of people who assume I live there is kind of staggering. (In case you’re new around here: I definitely don’t.) Continue reading...