Category Archives: The Lighter Stuff

The Value of Pictures

“Stop talking and smile at the camera.” – a very irritated father to his ~8 year old daughter at Schiphol airport. Airports are always a fun place to be at, so I can never quite stop myself from looking around … Continue reading

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Uruguayan Heroism: The Plight of Refugees and Torture Victims

When reading the news, and, for that matter, posts on this blog, you might start to think that awfully little is done to help the people of this world who are in need. That, unfortunately, would probably be true. Still, … Continue reading

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The Bright Side of Politics

Politics has a bad image, and probably for good reason: bad things happen all the time, and it is exactly the bad things that make it into mainstream media, which includes blog posts by random Dutch guys. In the past … Continue reading

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The Differences Between Cultures: Insights From Bahrain #2

Different cultures are different. That much we knew already. But when you put 60 students from all sorts of different backgrounds together in the same house, that fact becomes blatantly obvious. You would think that cultural differences no longer surprise … Continue reading

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What Is Ramadan? A Simple Explanation For Non-Muslims

Only very few people have never heard of Ramadan, but that doesn’t mean that everyone actually understands it, or knows anything about it aside from the fact that Muslims might seem a little less active than usual. Still, since it is … Continue reading

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Insights From Bahrain #1

When you arrive in an Islamic country for the first time in your life, being warned by friends and family about the “terrible” things you will encounter, there are a couple of things you might end up expecting: hijabs and … Continue reading

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Bahrain? Can You Eat That?

Admittedly, it is very small, but I’m afraid to inform you that the answer to the title of this post is a very simple “no”. Perhaps you knew that, but chances are that you had never heard of Bahrain before. … Continue reading

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