Cultural Integration

Dutch Beer

Dutch Beer

Since moving to the Netherlands we both have been drinking a lot more beer. I don't mean epic parties, but we definitely partake in a beer or two more often. The fact that we have, what are to us, cool "foreign" beers accessible in every grocery store and café terrace helps a lot. Here are just some of the Dutch breweries that we have enjoyed since moving here...

Dutch Commuting

Dutch Commuting

We often navigate near motor scooters, cars and their "door-zones," passing through traffic circles and interacting with automobiles regularly. The infrastructure helps, but more than that, the people in the motor vehicles help. Driving education helped them help the cyclists, and in most cases the drivers are also cyclists, so they understand what sharing the road means.

Duolingo

Duolingo

Duolingo is a language-learning phone app, and a rather good one. It also has an online version, but we have primarily been using it on our phones. Although I don’t think it’s a full package for learning a language, I think it gets a lot of things right for building your vocabulary, learning the basics and retaining what you've learned.

Celebrating Canada Day

Celebrating Canada Day

There is just nothing like walking into a group of Canadians. We are a welcoming bunch, and we are remarkably able to connect with each other in a way that transcends distance. Living in a country that is three hours across by train, it seems wholly inadequate to describe Edmonton's location as "near Calgary" or "closer to Vancouver than Toronto." The diversity in our people and culture and geography, is nothing to Canadians but fodder for conversation about our shared experience.