Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Netherlands are peaceful…except for traveling Canadians…

  The Netherlands is beautiful.  The reality of the countryside painted by the Dutch Masters is as peaceful and bucolic as their paintings suggest.  To be in the Dutch countryside is rural.  For a North American this is a rare … Continue reading

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Lessons Happen When You’re Not Looking for Them

Yesterday, we went to the neighboring small town of Apeldoorn to visit the Dutch summer palace of many “William of Oranges” (for me) and to see “Apenheul” (for the kids) – an open air zoo for all kinds of primates.  … Continue reading

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Family friendly Copenhagen

Travelling with older children in Europe is all about negotiation and compromise.  In other words, trading off the galleries, museums, cafes and shopping with kid friendly activities.  Copenhagen is a great city for that. With everything within reasonable walking distance, … Continue reading

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“The Best Job Ever” (if you’re 12)

I wondered how this phase of our three month trip would be for my twelve year old daughter.  Even worried about it a bit.  We all know how to be a tourist.  But when you’re twelve, you only have so … Continue reading

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compasion in action

A high school friend of mine shared this on her facebook page recently. One of my core values is to, wherever possible, do the kind thing. My firend’s post resonated with me because I have an acquaintance who is going … Continue reading

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Warning: Coffee is an Addictive Substance that Can Affect Your Marriage

  In my native habitat, I am aware I spend too much money on café Americano mistos out of paper cups.  If the first step to “recovery” is awareness then I am aware.  I have been, however, extremely unmotivated to … Continue reading

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A Recipe for Comfort Food: Dutch/Italian Style

This is a rainy day, two people out of three maybe coming down with a virus, kid-friendly comfort food dish.  Or so I thought.  A spaghetti sauce bottom is topped with a baked rotini and aged Gouda cheese topping.  This … Continue reading

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