#2391 – Bevrijdingsdag 2020

ENGLISH Today is the Bevrijdingsdag, or the Liberation Day, that is quite a unique day in the Netherlands. While the day is observed every year, it is a national public holiday only once every five years. And guess what? 2020 is that year! Yeay!! Well, not really actually because, you know, COVID-19 happens, lol πŸ˜†…

#2390 – Hello, May 2020

ENGLISH So it is May as of today and here in the Netherlands, we are approaching the end of week seven of the intelligent lockdown. The COVID-19 numbers have shown promising trend here, indicating that all the measures and sacrifices we have been making in the past two months or so are working! Which is…

#2389 – Koningsdag 2020

ENGLISH Today is Koningsdag, or the Kings’ Day, here in the Netherlands. Because it is a Monday, this means that this weekend is another long weekend (after another one just two weeks ago), yay! And I got to say that, finally, I am in Amsterdam for a Koningsdag! Koningsdag is always an exciting public holiday…

#2385 – Apparently A Long Weekend

ENGLISH As a side effect of the extended work from home (WFH) situation that I have been in for about four weeks now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I did not realize that this weekend is a long weekend! The first one this year, as today is Easter Monday! Haha πŸ˜† . The weather in…

#2383 – WFH Stories

ENGLISH Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this week is my fourth consecutive week of working from home. Last week the Dutch government extended the restriction period, which originally was placed until yesterday, by another three weeks. So this means that, at the very least, I will have to work from home for another three…

#2377 – Hello From Amsterdam

ENGLISH As I mentioned earlier and as my Instagram followers (@azilko) have known, I went to Southeast Asia earlier this month and now it has been about one week since I was back in Europe. I will write the story of the trip a little bit later on. Unless you are living under the rock,…

#2364 – January Blues

ENGLISH I think the best feeling to describe January thus far has been, as in the title, “blue”. I think it has a lot to do with the Dutch weather too, where it has been mostly cloudy thus far. Perhaps my decision to go to Canada for my year-end trip also played a role because…

#2338 – Fall So Far

ENGLISH As I mentioned some time ago, the Fall season this year did not begin with a great start, where it was raining a lot. Even though, actually this on itself wasn’t at all surprising as this kind of weather is actually typical Fall in the Netherlands, and is one of the main reasons this…