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A Brief Statement on My Non-Neutrality

Recently, in the United States, years and years of white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia, and other forms of hate and bigotry came to a head. Things are far from just beginning, and they are far from over; but it seems a great deal of Americans are only just realizing that. CONTINUE READING

Besides Amsterdam: Travelers Share Their Favorite Places to See in the Netherlands

Besides Amsterdam: Travelers Share Their Favorite Dutch Spots

Amsterdam: I’ve always known it’s the most popular Dutch city by far.

But until I moved to the Netherlands, I didn’t realize just how often it manages to eclipse the rest of the country. I live 1.5 hours away in a completely different province — but people hear “I live in the Netherlands” and they assume my kitchen window overlooks the Herengracht. (Because, yes: in addition to residing in Amsterdam, I’m also a millionare. Did I not mention that before?) CONTINUE READING

My First Snow Day – Queenstown

Looking down over the center of Queenstown, New Zealand covered by a layer of snow

I was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. The winters there are pretty intense.

I’ve been trying to explain what that means for the last several years, but I get the feeling no one really believes me. “Okay, but does it get to…minus 20?” they ask — as if I’m going to fold at the mere mention of such an extreme temperature and reveal that I made the whole thing up. CONTINUE READING