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Is Black Pete racist?

[:en]To state the patently obvious, it’s terribly racist in this day and age for a white person to dress up in blackface and play a comic character.[:]

Driving, Dutch-style

[:en]One culture chooses to flout law #1 and obey law #2, while another culture obeys law #1 and flouts law #2.[:]

Remembering Erik

I think any of you who are expatriates, or live any distance from where you grew up, can understand me when I say that you can still care about someone you haven’t seen in years, even decades. Someone I cared about died this past spring, and I didn’t hear about it till a few days…

Parlez-vous français?

  Il y a trente ans je parlais français courament. That means (I think) that thirty years ago I spoke French fluently. Clearly I don’t anymore, and that’s extremely frustrating. I’ve been here in the Netherlands for 16 years, and it’s taken me tremendous effort and emotional energy to learn Dutch to a halfway decent…