One of the things I like best about living in the United States is being able to explore my character […]
mgrootn00I'm a confused Dutch woman, intrigued by humanity and infatuated with raw nature. From 2009 to 2014 I've aimlessly wandered through Central and South America. With North America I will have seen all of the Americas. What do I see in the world's most famous, revered yet also most despised culture? "Travel at its most enlightening is not about having a good time" said Paul Theroux. I see that's true. You are welcome to both my casually fun stories as the more thoughtful ones.
Sinterklaas and “Black Pete”
Explaining the cultural history of the Saint Nicolas (Sinterklaas) tradition of the Netherlands and the significance of Black Pete (Zwarte Piet).
For one stretch I’d dream my teeth would be coming loose, fall out or shatter in my mouth. I would […]
Challenges of a Cultural Chameleon
I’m dealing with a crisis of confidence from incomprehension. It’s been 1.5 years since I arrived in the USA and […]
Over the past weeks my dreams have been of fairly short duration–which is nice–except for the one time I dreamed […]