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From our contributors: week of April 2

Another week, another roundup of posts written by some of our contributors on their blogs.

Spinach gnocchi

Carmen, our contributor from Romania, writes about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Bucharest. (more…)

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From our contributors: week of March 6

This is what some of our contributors have written  on their blogs. Happy reading!

Fearless pigeons in Cismigiu Park

Fearless pigeons in Cismigiu Park (photo credit: Carmen Cristal)

Sandra, our contributor from Portugal, continues her A-Z of the Netherlands with C is for Children, where she shares her impressions on Dutch children and parenting styles.

On 14 February 2007, the United Nations considered the Dutch children the happiest in the world. On December of the same year I arrived in the Netherlands. Let me share with you my first impressions on Dutch children.

Carmen, our contributor from Romania, posted photos of the pigeons of Cismigiu Park in Bucharest.
These are no  scenes from the Birds of L. Hitchcock. Everything happens in Bucharest.
Heavy snow fallen this February made wild pidgeons in Cismigiu Park be very hungry. They eat directly from the people‘s hands, without fear.

DeeBee, our contributor from France, wrote an article about the Baroque religious style in France.

The Baroque is the style of the Counter-Reformation, the reactive movement generated by the Church of Rome in order to reduce and annihilate Protestantism which had been introduced by Henry IV.
The Calvinist king converted to Catholicism before his accession to the throne in 1589 to end the bloody Wars of Religion. He was assassinated in 1610.


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March 6, 2012 1 comment

From Argentina to the Netherlands for Love blog

Aledys Ver is originally from Argentina but now lives in Zwolle, in the Netherlands. She was swept off her feet by the man who later became her husband, who whisked her away to distant lands. She tells the story here.

Zwolle in winter (photo by Aledys Ver)


February 14, 2012 5 comments

From our contributors: week of February 6

Some of our contributors have been busy updating their personal blogs. Drop by and say hi!

DeeBee, our contributor from France, continues her series about stained glass windows found in Parisian churches. This time she goes to Saint-Séverin in the Latin Quarter.

“Today I would like to focus on the modern windows (here are five out of the seven windows) that adorn the walls of the ambulatory in Saint-Séverin, one of the oldest churches in the Latin Quarter.”

Liz, our contributor from Australia, features mouth-watering photos of Pakistani and Indian food that can be had in Enmore (Sydney)

“A Sydney stalwart for cheap Pakistani and Indian Eats, Faheem Fast Food has long been the go-to place for taxi drivers hailing from the subcontinent. It still is, but you’re also likely to see groups of 20-something Newtown dwellers pre or post bar crawl, families and assorted in the know spice lovers amongst the mix.”

Jenna, our contributor from Poland/Washington DC, finds a sense of community in the neighbourhoods of Washington DC.

“I love walking because it gives me time to observe, both minute details and grandiose observations. My biggest grandiose observation of D.C. thus far? Despite being the nation’s capital, abounding with stereotypes of out-of-touch politicians and grinding, inefficient bureaucracy, much of D.C. is actually quite locally- and community-oriented. “

Sandra, our contributor from Portugal, wrote a post about the Dutch city of Almere, where she currently lives. The photographs are stunning!

“Almere is the youngest city of The Netherlands. Situated in Flevoland, the most recent province of the country, its first house was finished in 1976. Named after the early medieval name of the Zuiderzee, this garden-city is now the 7th largest municipality in The Netherlands with 191,495 citizens (9 May 2011). Almere offers contemporary architecture, several parks, woods and lakes, an exciting cultural environment and a relaxing and balanced life.”

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From our contributors: week of January 23

Our contributors have updated their personal blogs. Drop by and say hi!

Our contributor Carrie just moved from Bali to Mendoza, Argentina. In her blogpost Leaving Bali. In a word: heartbroken, she talks about their life in Bali and the things she’ll miss.

“I was never naïve enough to think that Bali would be forever, and yet, without a doubt, am still heartbroken at leaving.”

Jenna, our contributor from Poland, wrote Notes from the Martin Luther King Monument, in which she describes a visit to the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC, and the emotions it evoked.

“As I watched, I realized that the boy’s impromptu MLK day tribute had far more focus than I’d ever given to the civil rights leader. Previous MLK holidays had passed with a respectful nod, but lacking the sort of reflection initiated by the etched words carved deeply into those slick granite tiles.”

DeeBee, our contributor from France, goes on a tour of the art at the Bastille Metro Station on The Republic in the Metro, where scenes from the French Revolution are depicted.

“More than 220 years after the bloody revolution, modern artists excelled on giving us an idyllic image of this phase of history that freed the people from an authoritarian regime but at the cost of many unnecessary and barbaric deaths “

Sandra, our contributor from Portugal, takes us on a nighttime tour of Zwolle, in the Netherlands: Zwolle at night.

“After visiting the Beelden Festival, we went for a walk in the city. Zwolle is one of my favourites in the Netherlands. The city is situated in the province of the Overijssel in the central eastern part of the country. We took about one hour to arrive there.”


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From our contributors: week of December 20th

Here’s what some of our contributors have been up to in their blogs in the last couple of weeks. Happy reading!

Blogging trailblazer? (Flicker)


Sandra, our contributor from Portugal, describes the many festivities that take place in the Netherlands in November and December. She’s been very busy!

This year was the most cheerful Saint Martin’s Day that I have ever enjoyed! I didn’t stop all evening. Many children knocked at my door with their paper lanterns, singing Saint Martin’s songs. In the end of the evening, the three bowls filled with candies got almost empty! That means all the children have sung very well.


Anu, our contributor from India, opens her home and shares the 3-day celebration of Kathikai, a sort of Diwali in South India.

In our south-Indian dominated colony, Karthikai arrives with much fanfare, with special pujas in the temple, which I have never attended, thanks to having to celebrate the festival at home, and stay guard over the lamps, which have to be constantly replenished with oil! But more interesting are the beautiful red and white kolams decorating every house and the beautiful lamps which light up the usually dark passages


Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, published a thought-provoking scene in the streets of Hong Kong.

Spotted during a tour with Renate. It was a scene that touched my heart and made me pensive for a few moments. When Renate stopped to take a few pictures of them as unobtrusively as possible, I waited at the side, appreciating the finer details of that beautiful moment.


DeeBee, our contributor from France, writes about the meaning and delights of decorating a Christmas tree.

The decorations must be removed on 12th day after Christmas, or January 5!
Pagan civilizations believed that the branches of holly, ivy, mistletoe and guy used to decorate their house during the Winter Solstice celebrations housed the Tree-Spirits. The sprigs were not only used as decoration but also protected the Tree-Spirits during the 12 days following the celebrations of the Winter Solstice, when the sun had disappeared and evil spirits roamed the earth.


Jenna, our contributor from Poland, reflects on her love for Polish trains.

When I first started teaching in Poland, my students often asked me what I thought about the country. I once answered that I really liked the train system. I thought it was great that there are train connections to nearly every city and town in Poland, and that I can live a car-free life. They stared in response. “You like the  Polish train system?” They couldn’t believe me. “Polish trains are terrible!”

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