Category Archives: Europe

My Top Ten Hikes of 2023

It’s that time of the year for retrospection. I’ve posted my Top Ten Songs of 2023. I’ve posted my Top Ten Books of 2023. And now, I’m following the pattern that I established in previous years: turning my attention to hikes that … Continue reading

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The Second Annual Amalgamated Santerklucia Holiday Weekend

It was around this time last year that we first started playing with the idea of a Dutch / Swedish / American holiday mash-up. Looking back on what I wrote at the time, I’m surprised to discover that the tradition … Continue reading

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We were out over the Atlantic Ocean, on our way from the Netherlands to the United States. I decided to rewatch the “Sunflowers” (Amsterdam) episode of Ted Lasso — now that our family had concluded the show’s third and final … Continue reading

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My Favorite Hour in the Netherlands

I had already filled up 56 (of an eventual 84) pages worth of my Leuchtturm1917 journal before our family even made it to Amsterdam. So, it felt kind of amazing that I was able to purchase a new journal at … Continue reading

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