Weekend ahead

How wonderful is that, after a normal work-week that started off promisingly in terms of a data bundle for India, plummeted a little in the middle, and today felt an uprising with exciting conference details for the fall. I also attended a seminar on the Warhol Economy by Elizabeth Currid and a PhD defence on Bangladeshi […]


Ante-natal this pre-natal that, zwagerschap, pregnancy, pre-birth. An ERA much like pre-marriage that the whole commercial industry tries to take advantage of. And a second-time mother should know better.. I revert to peer-discussions and building my local network of moms, mostly working mothers, colleagues and the like. They are an invaluable source of information, after […]


It’s true what Nads said in her last comment about the Dutch way. In the mornings one would save loads of time not having to do the hair.. Our attempts at finding a bike have resulted in 0 success so far. And to go to Marktplats to find one and then run around the city […]

Dress appropriately!

I don’t think I’ve ever been as cold as this winter in Amsterdam. Partly perhaps due to my keenness on having the inside temp at 20 deg C max and wearing bath shoes at home or woolly socks.. But still! Going outside and putting on my WINTER boots (really, with fur) and warmest coats has […]


Last week Ilkka and I visited Groningen for the first time. We had the perfect excuse: my colleague, our friend from IIASA defended his PhD thesis. The city itself was small and cosy-looking. It took us long to drive there, the Afluitdijk was long and quite impressive, although you couldn’t see water on both sides […]