• The new rules of politeness in the Time of Coronavirus

    April 1, 2020 by

    These days, the Netherlands are a bit like the village of Asterix and Obelix: they have not entirely surrendered to the enemy, Julius Coronavirus, therefore we are only in a semi-lockdown.  This means that everyone needs to work from home, that restaurants and bars are closed – but never fear, you can still get marijuana… Read more

  • Working with a baby during self-isolation

    March 25, 2020 by

    “I cried yesterday.” So began the Whatsapp I received from one of my dearest friends “My partner and I are dividing our time in taking care of the girls. When it is my turn to entertain them, I need to work and I am constantly on my phone or computer. I feel terribly guilty.”  This… Read more

  • Being with a baby during self-isolation

    March 18, 2020 by

      My daughter is going to celebrate her first birthday next week …  in isolation! Good thing that she will never remember it. I am a French expat in the Netherlands and am in a bit of a peculiar position as my partner is a cardiologist in Breda, the epicentre of the Coronavirus in the… Read more

  • Are you rich?

    February 26, 2020 by

    While I sit back and watch the US elections starting off again – glass of wine in hand (again) – I can”t help but remember how, just four years ago, Trump kicked off his announcement for candidacy with this very classy statement: “I’m really rich.”  This humble declaration legitimized his application to one of the… Read more

  • The Definition of mediocrity

    January 8, 2020 by

    A few weeks ago, I attended the wedding of one of my best friends in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  The venue exuded old-time classiness with its beautiful white facade, monochrome interior, and vibrant green vineyard scattered all over the property. The estate was surrounded by powerful yet peaceful mountains, and a river that calmly ran through… Read more

  • Why are nurseries a scary place for parents?

    December 25, 2019 by

    I have just dropped my 8 month old daughter off at her new nursery. It is not as fancy as the one we had in Amsterdam.  Truth be told, the one in Amsterdam was exceptional. They had a beautiful lady coming by to play the ukulele every Monday; the place was so detergent-ly sanitized that… Read more

  • We women are the Other (Simone de Beauvoir)

    December 5, 2019 by

    I only follow two bloggers because the rest of them bore me to death. One of them is the Amsterdam Shallow man. He has a group that is very engaged, where you can find some heated and passionate conversations- and that, as you can imagine, appeals to my Frenchness and political background.  Recently, one lady started… Read more

  • The joys of working for a Dutch boss

    December 4, 2019 by

    Ah, one of the symbols of success in the professional world: working for a multinational company! A place where people from different cultures come together to work with one another in a collaborative manner. A place where you can open the door to legitimately racist jokes underlined by undeniable xenophobia: -“Dear cultural cliches, please come… Read more

  • You are a woman, here is your gift: mental load

    November 27, 2019 by

    It is 8 pm and I am tucked in bed, ready to sleep for a few hours before my dear daughter starts insistently requesting that her pacifier be put back immediately into her mouth- exciting times! Although my brain is still taking its time to recover from pregnancy+giving birth+taking care of a new born +going… Read more

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