Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cycling through tasks

Beyond cleaning and my new-found talent as a Duck Whisperer, I am slowly building a life for myself as an unemployed PhD-student in the Netherlands. As a PhD student, I spend a lot of time doing anything other than my PhD … Continue reading

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What do I miss about SA?

In spite of myself, I have transformed into a veritable (or perhaps ‘certifiable’) social butterfly in the past few weeks. Every day, my calendar has been filled with workshops, meet ups or coffee with new acquaintances. In the span of 14 … Continue reading

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How to not play the saxophone

Since I was 10 years old, I have wanted to be 3 things: a pathologist (the fun of operating without the trauma of dealing with the living), an archaeologist (the fun of anthropological research without dealing with the living), a … Continue reading

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TB and Zwarte Piet – South African impressions of the good and the bad in the Netherlands

Tomorrow marks my first full month as a resident of the Netherlands, and so far my impression has been favorable. My biggest concern has been facing a European winter with Raynaud’s, but we have been blessed with sunny weekends and … Continue reading

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Geysers, gas and green grass

Last Monday we officially moved into our new place in Halfweg, which meant 2 things: A depressing number of boxes, and No internet (sorry for the lack of communication as a result). We used Pickfords / Allied to move, and … Continue reading

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