You can learn a lot about other people’s personalities in everyday situations. When hubby and I found ourselves on a train the other day and asked someone to move from our reserved seats, the absurd reaction that followed left us completely baffled…
Reflections on… September 2018. This month I stood face-to-face with ancient terracotta warriors and travelled from sun-soaked Barcelona to tempestuous Liverpool. And there was more, but you’ll have to read the full article to discover all of this!
Who doesn’t miss those days when you could still play with flashy toys that had all sorts of buttons you could push and turn, producing animal sounds and wild flickering lights without people staring at you? I’m returning to those childhood days this weekend as by the time you read this I’ll be happily twiddling some knobs, pressing colourful buttons and flicking switches in Barcelona. Exactly what, why and where, you find out in this article.
On 1 and 2 August I will be part of a group exhibition of photos taken on the new Samsung S9 mobile phones. Since not all my friends and online followers will be able to attend the show, I’ve been asked by them to share some of my photos online. Because your wish is my command, here are some of my photos!
Do you also often leave exhibitions feeling inspired to make art afterwards? I’m no painter nor would I be able to draw a decent still life if my own life depended on it, but whenever I visit a collage or photography show, I cannot wait to get home to start making work myself. The same happened to me last week when I visited the show ‘The Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ at Tate Modern. This show was the inspiration for my new Instagram account, focussing solely on black and white photography.
As I’m still recovering from my birthday party yesterday and am frankly too wrecked to come up with some inspiring blog post, I decided to share a little glimpse into my birthday weekend. Happy birthday to me!
How often are you asked where you’re REALLY from? If I’d get a pound (or Euro) each time I was asked this, I would almost be able to afford a new iPhone with that money. Although by now I’m kind of used to that question, it really annoys and sometimes even hurts me. In this blog post I tell you why. (Click on the title to open the full post.)
I stopped cold turkey from my addiction yesterday. Within a few hours my head was pounding. I’m still having problems focussing and my body is starting to ache. This is my third attempt in about four years to give up coffee. In this blog post I will tell you why.
If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen the hashtag 5 ‘Facts about me’ passing by recently. I got very excited when Natasja of Dutch blog ‘Wat zij zegt’ invited me to share my #5factsaboutme on Instagram Story. Because not everybody who follows me here is on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to share my 5 facts with you in a blog. So get ready to learn some surprising facts about Dutch Girl!
It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe.
After a break from blogging, Dutch Girl in London re-enters the blogosphere! Read here how the current world affairs and my perception of social media almost became the end of this blog.
It’s rather unusual for a Dutchie in his/her thirties not being able to swim. Yet, I am one of those people. I was pleased to find out my local gym offers swimming lessons for adults and I decided to register for class. That was exactly one year ago. After having made up excuses for 12 years, I gathered my courage and signed up for swimming lessons yesterday. Follow my progress here.
About a year ago my hubby had his eyesight tested because he wanted to take up driving lessons. It turned out that he indeed needed glasses, but we were also told he has rather high eye pressure which could lead to gradual eyesight loss. After hubby’s discovery I decided to also have an eye test done.
Happy Valentine’s to all love birds out there! Don’t expect a sugary post from me as I am rather like the Scrooge of Valentine’s. Three years ago things changed dramatically when hubby asked me to marry him.
Today we celebrate Mother’s Day in the Netherlands. This year instead of giving my mum flowers, a book or anything else she might actually enjoy, I wanted to dedicate a blog post to her and show the world what an extraordinary woman raised me.