The blog is a collection of all things I find interesting, ranging from politics to sex and whatever other shiny objects attract my attention. The title means “independent” in Gaelic. I’m Molly Rene, an American of Irish extraction currently living in the Netherlands. I’m a writer and editor who spends my free time listening to NPR while baking cookies and drinking beer.
Today, the Netherlands and the United States celebrate their friendship which stretches back 226 years. But it’s more than an excuse to have a party. The treaty recognising the relationship between these two nations also offers the opportunity for citizens to move to the other country under the DAFT visa. Molly Quell finds out more. ... [Read more...]
With Eurostar now running a three-hour service from London to Rotterdam, the city’s fortunes as a tourist hub are set to boom. So, get over there now and appreciate the fantastic views, great museums and excellent cocktails before the British stag parties take over, says Molly Quell. Read more.
This gorgeous how-to book brings out all of the rules and norms of cycling in Amsterdam alongside amazing pictures of every day cycling experiences. Get it for anyone who comes to visit and needs a primer before heading out on a bike in the city. Read more.
The Dode Dieren Met Een Verhaal or Dead Animal Tales exhibit started with a literal collision. In 1995, Kees Moeliker, the curator of Natural History Museum Rotterdam in the Netherlands, was sitting at his desk when he heard a noise. A duck had crashed into the museum’s glass facade. It wasn’t the first time he’d ... [Read more...]
Police in California have caught a serial rapist. The Golden State Killer was been linked to 12 murders and 50 rapes in the last forty years. A good thing right? Not for privacy activists. Police caught the man after uploading DNA from one of the crime scenes to a website called GEDMatch. Like a number ... [Read more...]
Internationals in the Netherlands a have been in a tizzy this week about the announced changes to the 30% ruling. A Change.org petition has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures. So what’s all the op hef about? What is it? Qualified highly-skilled migrants are eligible for the so-called 30% ruling wherein you do not pay income tax ... [Read more...]
Someone sent me a package. I have no idea who it was or what was in it because it’s never arrived. Instead, I got a notice from Post NL that whoever had sent the package, hadn’t put on sufficient postage. The sender also hadn’t put on a return address. So it was up to me, ... [Read more...]
There was this weird Reuters article about anti-expat sentiment in Amsterdam (that seemed more to be anti-tourist sentiment) a few weeks ago and now the Wall Street Journal has a story about anti-EU sentiment. Honestly, maybe people should just stop writing about the sentiment of the Dutch, because they all seem to be wildly off ... [Read more...]
A neighbor dropped by the other night and, while giving her a tour of my apartment, I showed her my extensive beer and whiskey collection. I do like my whiskey and I definitely like my beer. She replied “I see, you’re one of those cool girls.” I don’t know her very well but presumably she ... [Read more...]
A few years ago, I tried to watch some movies. I failed. Now I’m trying again. I’ve got about 70 to go. First up, The Matrix (and watching the entire trilogy, as per my first goal.) I’m also aiming to read 100 books this year. And sleep at some point. We shall see.
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