Em Dashed - Explore More, Do Better - An American in the Netherlands About - Em Dashed


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The Human

I’m Emily, a 29-year-old American originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2010, I booked a one-way ticket to New Zealand on a 12-month working holiday scheme. Through a combination of different work visas (and frankly, a great deal of luck), I’ve lived overseas ever since.

After four years in New Zealand and Australia, I moved to the Netherlands in September 2014. These days, I live in a small town in the east with 12,000 people and a lot of cows. When I’m not working on this blog or my proofreading and editing business, I’m usually mangling the Dutch language or falling off a bicycle somewhere.

(For more on why I went abroad and later moved to the Netherlands, click here.)


The Blog

Many of the posts here focus on my life in the Netherlands; I talk about things like renting an apartment, experiencing Dutch traditions, and stuffing my face with stroopwafels. As someone who lives in the countryside and not Amsterdam, I have a rather different experience than many foreigners here.

In that spirit, I’ve devoted a section of this blog to places in the Netherlands besides Amsterdam. You’ll also find posts about backpacking in New Zealand and Australia, transitioning to non-backpacker existence here in NL, shorter trips around Europe, visits back to my home state of Minnesota USA, and more. For a full list of places I’ve written about, click here.

I consider current events, historical context, and social justice to be inextricably linked to how we move around this world, and I don’t shy away from posting about relevant or important issues. If you’re the kind of person who thinks travel and “politics” are two completely separate spheres, this might not be the blog for you. (But if you’re interested, I talk a bit more about that here.)

Everything on Em Dashed is written or photographed by me unless otherwise indicated. Please don’t copy or re-use any content found here without my permission.


The Mission

I want this blog to be a space that promotes and acknowledges a wide range of experiences. You don’t need to take the least traveled road to discover something amazing; you don’t need to go far to find somewhere you haven’t been; you don’t need to have the highest or the lowest budget to be noteworthy. Adventure can be found thousands of miles away, or right in our own backyards.

That being said, I do not consider all opinions to be equal and will not tolerate disrespect, hate, or discrimination. There are wrong ways to travel, wrong ways to live, and wrong ways to talk about it. We can do better, and we must — myself included. That’s a big part of what Em Dashed is about.

Thank you for visiting! I hope something here piques your interest, helps you out, or at least makes you laugh.

Questions? Comments? Dinner suggestions?

You can find my contact details here.