Watching Soccer in Europe, a Raucous Great Time

  The Netherlands got off to amazing start in the 2014 World Cup by avenging their 2010 World Cup Final loss to Spain, shocking the Spaniards 5-1 (after an apparent second half siesta). We happened to live in Amsterdam in 2010 and along with 100,000 others dressed in orange, watched the Dutch lose that heartbreaker…

How to Spend One Day in Oslo

  By Alex Kallimanis: Awhile back I had the chance to spend one day in Oslo, which was fantastic. I’d previously been staying with extended family in Sweden and needed to get back to Amsterdam, where we were living at the time. So I bought a one-way ticket a couple weeks ahead of time on…

Police Encounters in the USA Compared to Europe

  I’ve not been arrested yet (knock on wood!). But in the USA, I have semi-regularly had annoying little run-ins with police. Many of these stem from college days, but not all of them. While I won’t get into the specific idiotic details, I probably should have been arrested a few times. I was fortunate…

Brugge: Romantic and Indulgent

Brugge is the capital of West Flanders and home to around 120,000 people. Canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings are distinguishing features of this well preserved medieval town. Markt square has a 13th-century belfry with an 83m tower offering great panoramic views. Oh, and all the delicious chocolate and beer make Brugge romantic, indulgent and…