How the Dutch speak

I realize that I’ve been rambling on about Amsterdam for more than 5 month now, so maybe it’s time to wrap it up and start writing about something else, but before I do that I would like to write just a tiny little bit about the Dutch language. Historically the name Nederlande (which means low […]

Dutch painters – Vincent Willem van Gogh

 Photo from January 1886 Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert in the Netherlands and died on July 29th 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in France.   Van Goghs most famous early work: The potato eaters During his short life he moved many times between the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France and […]

Language confusion

Todays assignment: Dialect During the Thirty Years War (1618 – 1648), which in the beginning was a religious war between Protestants and Catholics, the Duke of Gottorp, Frederik the third, asked Remonstrants and Mennonites from Holland to come and build a city in the northern part of what’s now Germany, between the two rivers Eider […]

About not following your passion

Todays assignment: Write about a dream or a goal that you failed to achieve. What went wrong? And how did the experience change you? In 1991 I had studied German and Chinese forever without really feeling passion for any of it. I also had discovered an unexpected passion for something totally different: pottery. Years before […]

When enough is enough

Todays assignment: Protest How do you handle getting angry? Every once in a decade or two it happens to me: I get angry. Don’t get me wrong. I can get annoyed sometimes, but angry, really angry, is something I don’t get if I can avoid it. It’s very unpleasant while it lasts and afterwards I […]

Desmond Bagley

Todays assignment: What book influences your writing the most? To be honest I don’t read many books these days. Though I’m working to establish myself as a writer (in my second native language Danish), I still work full time as a translator by now. That means I’m sitting at the computer 10 – 12 hours […]

When I grow up I want to be …

Today’s assignment: Imagine what life would be like if you had the occupation you’d wanted as a child. The concept of girls learning a trade or even getting a longer education is fairly new in my family. As far as I know I was the first woman ever going to university. In my family women […]

Pippi Longstocking and cook books

Today’s assignment: What was the book that first attracted you to reading? When I was still a little child, my moms mom developed rheumatism and got so sick, she couldn’t live alone anymore. She gave up the house, where she had lived since my mom was a little girl, and moved in with us in […]


Today’s assignment: Describe the worst job you’ve ever had Sometimes you hear about people who start working somewhere when they are 15 or 16 or 17 and stay at the same working place until they go on pension. I couldn’t do that. I’ve had many different jobs over the years, as a cook, a guide […]