4 Eastern European stereo types

While lot of my Slovak friends insist they are not Eastern European (geographically Slovakia is part of Central Europe), lets be honest – anything east from Germany is in the minds of our western friends part of the former Soviet Union. I asked my American friend what are the first things that pop into her mind…

5 steps to becoming an independent student in The Netherlands

September marked the month I turned 21. Both legally and officially, I’m now considered an adult; a word that still leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Me, an adult? But I still watch Disney movies and get a kick from a day out at the zoo. Surely my time facing the grey abyss of…

7 questions every American is asked

I moved from Texas to the Netherlands about 6 years ago. I had never lived in the Netherlands before but since my parents were Dutch (actually Frisian, but I can write a whole blog about the provinces later), I was able to understand the language. I understood it well enough that I grasped what Europeans…

5 things you didn’t know about the Martinitoren

You might see it when you cycle to university, you might pass it when you’re going home after a night out and it might have even been the first things you noticed about Groningen’s skyline: the Martinitoren. It’s hard to imagine Groningen without the tower, but of course the tower hasn’t always been there. How…