Tag: expat

Repatriating: an ex-expat’s dilemma

Living abroad is a fantastic opportunity. So much that the thought of moving back “home” can be quite unsettling. In this blog, a fellow scientist turned writer describes her headspace regarding the possibility of repatriating to the USA. By Jeanette McConnell, PhD I remember when I was ten years old all I wanted to do was move away from home. Don’t…

Coworking Amsterdam @ CLOUD art and coffee

Overall Ranking: ★★★★★(5/5) Neighborhood: Jordaan (Center) Prinsengracht 276, 1016 HJ Amsterdam +31 (0)6 25189223 Hours: Monday-Friday 08.00 – 18.00 Saturday 09.00 – 18.00 Sunday 09.00 – 18.00 Price: $ Wifi: yes, free, no password, Power Plugs: Plenty of outlets for laptops Size: high ceilings, large tables, feels bigger than it is. Lighting: Gezellig. Warm. Natural. Cozy. Large front windows. Noise level: Quieter, soft music, soft conversation.…

Grilled chipotle green tomato carpaccio with avocado lime mousse

Yes I did. I totally just went there. I took the original carpaccio, which just simply means thinly sliced meat (for those who don’t frequent italian inspired menus), and I veganized that mofo. Why? Cuz I’m fancy like that. I have previously written about how cool I think it is to have seasonal ingredients here in Holland. When living in…

Missing my dad. #expatproblems

Happy Father’s day to all you amazing fathers out there! From all of my research,  I can conclude that I have the coolest dad EVARRRRR!!! He was in his mid-twenties when he became a parent to my brother and I–and my mother was only 18 when she heard the terrifying, exciting news that she was called to motherhood. Despite (likely) being totally…

I’m still significant.

So here it is. This is the elephant in my blog. I haven’t directly discussed the events that have unfolded with me the past year because I couldn’t wrap my head around it exactly (until now). I stopped blogging completely because all my brain waves were tuned in on just basic survival. Like…without the internet. Staying afloat…keeping up with life…

Home for the Holiday

In light of having a turbulent life this fall, my totally awesome family bought me a plane ticket home for the holidays. I know, right? I’m almost 30 and still get spoiled rotten. I’m almost 30. *shudder* As an expat, I have loads of friends from all over the world. I think that my experience is also unique because I…

Tuinbonen…or fresh fava bean and red onion salad

Welcome to the second edition of stuff Dutch people eat, Hungry Lifetarian-style. As promised, I am going to try my best to make grocery shopping a little bit more accessible for expats (especially my own peeps, the ‘Mericans). So tell me, has this been you? Waking up with fresh food in mind and an empty fridge, you bike through the tourists…