Author Archives: Mark Kay

Drunk things to do in Dutch

There’s a handful of things that are so Dutch and different that expats in the Netherlands spend their first few weeks in the country laughing at how goofy they seem. Then an odd thing happens. You wake up one day … Continue reading

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If Batman Were Dutch…

If the Caped Crusader hailed from Holland there would be some differences to the character we know and love. But it’s a worthwhile reality to consider. After all, anyone who doesn’t enjoy saying, “Waar is de trigger?!” in a Dutch … Continue reading

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Groningen Gets You Wet

From the calming canals to the stroopwafels, there is a lot to enjoy about the Netherlands. But I still have one big complaint: the rain. The sunny moments are there sometimes, but it’s rare to go a day without seeing some … Continue reading

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Ally Beardsley Interview

It takes a person with limitless courage to get on stage every night without any written material and try to make a room full of strangers laugh. Ally Beardsley, an American improviser living in Holland, does just that. I spoke … Continue reading

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Coming to Groningen

This month I left the Czech Republic, my home for more than two years, and moved to the northern Netherlands. I’ve called a lot of places home (Slovenia, Vancouver, Finland, Czechia, and now the Netherlands), but the culture shock has … Continue reading

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Panenka Scarves XX: The F word

Panenka scarves is one Canadian’s attempt to document his appreciation of the obvious and not-so-obvious experiences of a life in the Czech Republic. For previous Panenkas, click here. _____________ As the summer comes to a close, I thought it would be interesting … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Go Abroad

Tired the same old same old? Do you want to feel better about yourself relative to your peers? What if I told you, that in only a few short weeks you could obtain enough knowledge and experience to take over … Continue reading

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David Putty’s Feel-Good Film of the Year

From NHL Home Video, and the studio that brought you Angels in the Outfield, comes a tale of wonder from the Garden State. Bruce Grimaldi was a precocious ten-year-old who loved the sport of hockey. But when his deadbeat dad … Continue reading

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Super-Canadian Things to do in Canada

This month I had the great opportunity to go home and visit my home and native land during the summertime. This was a rare occurrence, it’s been nearly three years since I’ve been to Canada in the summer and I … Continue reading

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What Are We?

One question that kept recurring during a recent trip to Canada dealt with the idea of Canadians in general – who are we and how can we explain ourselves to other people? It’s no easy feat and it’s certainly a … Continue reading

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