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The Happiest Kids in the World on 1001 Travel Tales

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series 1001 Travel Tales Podcast

This week’s episode of 1001 Travel Tales podcast is an interview with Rina Mae Acosta, blogger at Finding Dutchland and co-author of The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less. You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or just by clicking on the SoundCloud…

These were my 9 most-liked pictures on Instagram in 2016: from Sweden, Malawi, Germany, Japan and San Francisco.

10 trips and 10 top posts: a look back at 2016

It’s customary for blogs like Rachel’s Ruminations to publish an end-of-year overview. I have mixed feelings about 2016, however. It was, in many ways, a terrible year: the Brexit, the US elections, the war in Syria, and the deaths of so many talented people. But, for me personally, it was a great year. My kids…

"Good Heaven! what sorrows gloom'd that parting day etc", by Thomas Falcon Marshall (taken from Wikimedia)

So You Think You Want to Emigrate …

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series US citizenship

“If Trump gets elected, I’m leaving the country.” I don’t live in the US, but I have read comments like this on social media and in the news. Apparently, sometimes this isn’t just an idle threat. The Guardian cites a Luminoso survey which found that: … about 4% of 4.5 million Donald Trump-related tweets contained threats…

somewhere on my commute between Groningen and Leeuwarden after a dusting of snow

The Beauty of a Dutch Commute

A couple of times a week, I commute to my part-time job in Leeuwarden, in Friesland province. Sometimes I drive, but as much as possible, I like to take the train. I start by bicycling to the train station in the center of Groningen, parking the bike and boarding the train. The train trip takes about 35…

Ruminating on Rachel’s Ruminations

I identify Rachel’s Ruminations as a travel blog, and I call myself a travel blogger. A few days ago, I posted a list of my top 10 travel posts of 2015. The truth is that most of my actual top posts were not about travel at all. They were about other topics, particularly issues surrounding expatriate Americans…

chocolate figures of Santa Claus, being sold in the Netherlands for Christmas

Christmas Compared

It’s almost Christmas, and I’ve been thinking a lot this year about the holiday as an event. Perhaps because I was much less busy this year than in previous years leading up to it, I’ve been noticing more. I was born in the US and lived there until I was 35, minus the two years…

WinterWelVaart: Groningen’s Christmas Market

The Christmas markets in Germany are famous for their craft stalls, gluwein and generally Christmassy atmosphere. I’ve gone to several in past years; the one in Oldenburg is only about an hour away from my home here in Groningen. Though they’re much less well-known, Dutch cities, including Groningen, also run Christmas markets. WinterWelVaart Groningen’s is…

Zwarte Piet as portrayed on wrapping paper.

Zwarte Piet Updated

It’s that time of year again: Sinterklaas is approaching, along with Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). I wrote about this two years ago and then again last year, so I thought I’d add a short update today. Changes in Zwarte Piet The Zwarte Piet debate continues. Or rather, a vocal minority condemns it as racist while…

view of Groningen train station, with the Starbucks in the left wing

The most beautiful Starbucks?

You know how sometimes you get so used to what you see every day that you stop noticing it? I’ve walked by the Starbucks in the Groningen central train station hundreds of times in the course of commuting to and from my job up in Leeuwarden. I just didn’t pay much attention to it until…

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