Saint Nicholas Day – commotion and debate

The arrival of Saint Nicolas (#sinterklaasintocht) in the Netherlands three weeks ago became a worldwide trending topic. Americans even seemed to think it was a terrorist code. Others found it hilarious that they could be so paranoid.┬áBut once people started realising what the fuss was all about the subject switched to the question of whether … Continue reading Saint Nicholas Day – commotion and debate

Tolerant Holland

When I came to the Netherlands over 20 years ago I would have described it as a tolerant society. Amsterdam claimed to be the world’s gay capital. The sale of cannabis in coffee shops was tolerated and the authorities just ignored the fact that the rest of the trade was illegal. Squatters enjoyed rights not … Continue reading Tolerant Holland