February 2, 2017

Lewie, J. and I have been living in London now for two months: Yay!!

Some things I noticed about this city and the UK which are different to the Netherlands and/or Amsterdam:

1. The English take saying 'Please' after a question very seriously. I got some good Pavlov training after every question I ask. It sometimes takes a second or two, but I manage to squeeze out a 'Pleeease' in the end.

2. On the other hand, London cyclist don't take traffic lights thát serious. And I get it, because you have ma...

January 19, 2017

When you’re studying to become an environmental scientist, you learn about ‘the ecological integrity of environmental systems’. In the Netherlands, water bodies such as rivers get special attention. We have learned to leave their curves alone and plan around their natural flows and moods, as fighting it will inevitably end up in suffering through floods. As I’m jotting this down, these rivers start to sound like women’s bodies, which is a nice little bridge to what I really wanted to write about...

December 15, 2016

When we were looking for a new home with our feline family member, people were recommending us houses with cat flaps. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of these tiny doors, but when we found our new home with a garden we thought: mèh, maybe there’s something to it. This way we don’t have to act like Saint Peter fifty times a day and Lewis won’t wake us up early in the morning for a pee because he can go out himself. Now one week later, the cat flap has been sealed shut as Lewis is recovering from his...

December 14, 2016

A few weeks ago, a fellow entrepreneur and good friend  asked me if I had any tips to fight insomnia. She asked Sies the professional relaxer: as a yoga teacher, you are expected to always be in a blissful state of peace. Little did she know that Sies - the person - also struggled with insomnia just over a year ago. Nights went by as I laid down in bed to sleep, only to realise a few hours later that I was in fact not sleeping but had been thinking about stuff the whole time. Breathing at a pace...

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