Thinking of home

With less than two weeks to go until my Italy trip, it suddenly struck me. The guilt feeling. That little voice inside your head asking you why you are using a few of your precious holidays to go travel a foreign country, all on your own. The answer is very easy of course:  with the…

The expat dilemma: voting from abroad

With Erdogan and his referendum campaign creating headlines all over the world, one would almost forget that a political event of note also took place in the Netherlands. This month, the Netherlands voted for a new parliament, an event I had been looking forward with both hope and anxiety. On the one hand it was a chance to get…

What to wear in Kuwait?

December 2013. I had just landed the best internship in the world, in a place I was barely able to point on the map. In fact, Kuwait had been my last choice, I would much rather have gone to a country like Lebanon, one of the centers of Middle Eastern politics. But as it was,…

The children of Bullenhuser Damm

April 20, 1945. In a little over two weeks World War II will be over. The Nazis are under no illusions anymore: the war was lost a long time ago. They will use the time remaining to destroy as much evidence as possible. That does not only include the vast administration, but also the still…