Category Archives: August

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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Five notes on a Finnish wedding

I’ve been on summer holidays this past month, traveling around to see friends and family in Europe. One of the trips took me back to my old home in Finland, where I got to attend the wedding of a friend. … Continue reading

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Carry on, Kallio

The bar attracts a diverse crowd and I’m always entertained by the drunkenness of the clientele and their wild behavior. – Jason Wright, SpottedbyLocals.com, July 2011 This week I accidently stumbled upon a few Aki Kaurismäki films on YouTube. I … Continue reading

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I have no Internet; I have no beef.

It’s a bit later than I’d like it to be and there isn’t much light. A Sunday afternoon in Prague that, for many, seems like it could be the last day of summer. Which is an odd thing to admit … Continue reading

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My best thoughts always come when I’m away from the machine.

I’ve often said before that my generation doesn’t get to live through history like those before us. And while it feels like there may be some truth to this, it’s not entirely so. From the perspective of someone living close … Continue reading

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Over.

Portlandia. The deep genius of Fred Armisen leads the construction of a show that time and time again can so well take the piss out of that scene. From dumpster divers, coffee snobs, bike lane nazis, fixie enthusiasts, and the … Continue reading

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Arto Diitonen

In other countries one must make sacrifices of convenience in the name of experience. This means giving up little comforts here and there. One of these million little things is movies. Movies from home may not come out until months … Continue reading

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