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Overrated

Overrated

Aaaaww, the Provence. The Provence as so beautifully described in the stories and poems of my childhood’s heroes Alphonse Daudet, Marcel Pagnol and Frédéric Mistral. The Provence of smells, apricots, peaches, figs, rice, of dramatic love stories and ancestral disputes between families. The sunny and dry Provence of my grand-parents. Look at ...

Freedom of choice

Freedom of choice

Since my last meeting with my coach (yep, I have a life coach J. Trendy, ain’t it? And useful as well, let me tell you!) - I’ve been thinking about freedom of choice and pondering. Ron, so is the name of this great guy who’s been in my life for the last 10 years or so, tells me we humans always have freedom of choice. Sometimes &...

Belgian terrorism

Belgian terrorism

I live across the border, 6 km into Belgian territory. Careful though! Not just ANY part of Belgian territory. French-Speaking Belgium, Walloon country… The village I live in houses so many Dutch people it hardly qualifies as Walloon country any more. In most neighbourhoods of Eben-Emael, just outside Kanne, order and neat front yards rul...

Good resolutions

Good resolutions

I’m not a person particularly inclined to take part into the annual round of New Year’s Good Resolutions. By the way: I guess resolutions are always good? Or are there persons out there intentionally thinking: “Well this year, I’m going to do my very best to annoy (choose the applicable):  my boss/my parents/my friends/...

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

I’ve recently had the privilege to talk to two gentlemen closely involved in the nearing end-of-the-year fever. They have both given me two carols to convey to you, which I’m happy to share in this Observant issue. To each their own, and I’m sure everyone will recognize their own personal version of the Christmas madness that is a...

Fashion

Fashion

Autumn 2015. A new academic year has already begun. Full-fledged Autumn colours. New freshmen everywhere, looking even younger – not necessarily fresher - than last year. No, I’m not older than last year. THEY are younger. Definitely. We left another Summer behind. Perhaps it’s a little sad to now be looking to a grimmer part of ...

Dutchizised

Dutchizised

I’ve been in the Netherlands for 30 years. Three decennia. Three times 10 years. What?! How??! I remember moving into the country as if it was yesterday. Our first summer in the Netherlands was the wettest they’d had in many years (plenty of those since then…). Felt like a holiday or a visit to the zoo. Watching the Dutch and the...