Random Walks in the Low Countries

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Random Walks in the Low Countries
Reflections on expatriate life by an American scientist and entrepreneur, building global tech businesses and living remarkably in the Netherlands.
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  • Getting to know the neighbors 11 hours ago British friends have been working on my use of emotive words.  ‘Sad’ means distressed, ‘Concerned’ translates as very worried, ‘disappointed’ as deeply hurt.  Whatever impact I think a word has, it amps up considerably when heard by British (and some Dutch) ears. If I want to put...
  • Small-news Friday 2 days ago Winding down the week – few plans for the weekend ahead yet.  Forecast for rain and wind getting heavier through Sunday, so perfect sailing and walking climate.  The orchid has even sprouted a new set of flowers since taking it back from the window, while the chili is thriving on less water. ...
  • Between Eton and Windsor 6 days ago Dorset mornings are frosty, with feathery accents along the eaves and translucent shimmer on the  glass.  It disappears at the first touch of sunlight, with the first sips of black coffee.  ’not yet spring, but something that reminds me of it.   Today, I’m along the Thames path where Eton...
  • That 60's vibe 1 week ago I don’t meet many liberals these days. My neighborhoods lean politically rightwards, barbers and taxi drivers grumbling that they’ve lost benefits to which new immigrants seem entitled.  Business colleagues trend libertarian, debating the degree of responsibility people have for their...
  • Sandbanks tideflats, evening 1 week ago Once the eclipse ended and I returned to work, the skies cleared and spring arrived. Of course. Nothing to be done, though: there’s too much work left each Friday. But by 4:30, the light beckoned irresistibly towards the harbour. ‘Time for a break.   The tide was far out when I arrived...

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