Category Archives: Culture Shock

The Hunt

The crowds were thinned by early evening rains, still it was a Thursday night in downtown Kent. Thousands of college students (with surprisingly sparse schedules on Friday)… Dozens of clubs, bars, and run-down rental properties hosting their own parties… An … Continue reading

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What makes the Fall season so different between the Netherlands and the American Midwest?

The weather in northeast Ohio has been quite Amsterdammish this week. Cool, gray, drizzly conditions… a dimness to the natural light… a feeling that Sinterklaas is on his way… Such circumstances conjure up many memories for me: both positive and … Continue reading

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Four Soccer Games, Three Parties, Two-and-a-Half Church Services, and One 12-Mile Run

Four soccer games. Three parties. Two-and-a-half church services. And one 12-mile run. How’s that for a restful weekend?!? I didn’t have a good attitude. I wanted to sleep in and watch football games on TV and take naps and warm … Continue reading

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Welcome to Sweden – Farewell to Sweden

I love losers. Especially when it comes to television. One of my favorite programs of all time — a groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed comedy-drama series by Aaron Sorkin — was canceled after just two seasons. 45 episodes. Sorkin, of course, went on … Continue reading

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