Tag: nature

Keukenhof: Land of beautiful flowers

It’s that time of year where beautiful flowers are popping up everywhere. When cycling to work, I pass loads of Narcissus…but nothing can compare to the flower park monster…the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is a short drive from Amsterdam and an extremely popular tourist destination in Holland. Why shouldn’t it be? It is the world’s largest flower garden planting over 7…

5 ways living in Amsterdam can prevent cancer

Despite the evolving nature of science and our knowledge of cancer prevention, it is well-accepted that your risk of developing many types of cancer is affected by the lifestyle choices you  make. In fact over half of all serious diseases in the US (including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer) could be prevented if people adapted a healthier lifestyle.   Sorry ladies and…

The Beauty (and sex!) of rosemary garlic mushrooms with vegan gluten-free pasta

Mushrooms (and other fungi) come in all shapes and sizes.And they are all adorable. If you agree…you should listen up. I was introduced by a friend to this lovely book by Nicholas P. Money, titled Mushroom, some years ago. If you have ever fondled a mushroom and wondered ANYTHING at all about these magical (and sometimes deadly) wonders, you should definitely…

Nature walks Amsterdam-style

Raise your hand if you are ready for spring.  Right. Pretty sure I saw everyone’s hand up.  The snow has been welcomed and appreciated and now it would be wonderful if it would politely pack its bags and hit the road. Aside from daily cycling to/from work (yes…even in the snow) and rock climbing on tuesdays/weekends (indoor of course, no…

Snuggle Bees: Bee-ing totally adorable.

Well, it’s almost that time of year to celebrate being impaled in the backside by cupid’s arrow (you’re in love, congrats!). Alternately, perhaps you plan to celebrate another year solo…although I hope you and your cat/dog/BFF/wine have a beautiful night together. For my international readers who have no idea what that means…it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Beware of public displays of…

Fiddler Crabs don’t need any Viagra

I am sorry to bring it up…though I know that you’ve had a chance to think about it at some point. Yes. Your parents had sex. It is the only possibility for creating such an awesome human (yes…I mean you).  Studies show that there is a 0% chance they refrained from bumpin’ uglies if you are sitting here reading this blog.…