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Space Cakes and Soviets

Hello again, I must thank you once more for the picture book that Royal Mail finally delivered into my impatient hands. Speaking of children's stories, I just watched "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and if you haven't seen it yet then you really must because it is surprisingly true to absurdist Dahlian ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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Culture Shock:Chronic Disease of Expatriation and Personal Growth

"Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and ... read more

Rina Mae Acosta

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Getting Around

Get a bike and ride fearlessly

Shaina Shealy

21 Sep 2009

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Certainly the most efficient mode of transportation in Amsterdam is riding a bike. It's also one of the ways to best distance oneself from tourists and to feel (or pretend to be) Dutch. In my second week in Amsterdam, I was initiated into Dutch society with my first cement nose-dive and bike-induced nose bleed. After the incident I considered a helmet, but in the Netherlands helmet wearers are considered overly defensive and rude. Mimicking Amsterdamers as best I could, I decorated my handlebars with tulips, texted while biking, and learned that I had the right of way always. Monstrous schools of bikes can be overwhelming at first, but dive in--it's worth it!

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