Christmas tree is away, decorations are put back on the attic – holidays are over here in the Netherlands. Saying bye-bye to this festive period, I decided to write a comparison of December holidays here and back in Latvia as they do differ. Of course, many things still stay the same, like family gatherings, eating fine food, having drinks, giving presents. However, I guess many foreigners (incl. Latvians) staying here through the festive season for the first time would be pleasantly surprised by the familiarity of the Dutch Christmas and lack of some commercial traditions that go hand-in-hand with the festive season back home.
To make it clear from the very beginning, I’m not writing a report on holiday season in these countries but rather retelling what I have seen and experienced. Thus, Continue reading
It’s the second year in a row when I am enjoying Dutch Christmas traditions, though this year I am participating more actively in all holiday activities. We have already awaited Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (I do promise to tell more about them later) and have put our Christmas tree and sent all the cards. This weekend we (all female members of our big family) were busy with making Kersstukjes. Doh, one should not ask me to translate this one… Continue reading
According to astronomical definition, spring begins on 20th March and according to the news I heard on the radio today – this something lasts for three days. So, after all, I wasn’t too late when making a cake this morning. Just decided to celebrate a bit – spring is definitely worth it.
Made a picture of this home-made miracle as I usually do. Started taking pictures of all my sweet staff some time ago and it appeared today that there is quite a big collection already. So, to show it up:
I love flowers and sun, snow-break and first birds singing, cute fragile snodrops and fields of dandelions… I actually like the 8th of March as it makes me believe that spring’s here. Much more than the 1st March does. After all, Women’s Day is also called a holiday of spring and it brings so many smiles to our life: both from women receiving colourful tulips and from men presenting flowers to them.
I’m missing the holiday this year as I’m spending the day on the way to Warsaw and then at the premises of the seminar I mentioned earlier. Feel a bit sad about it though I’ve already received a couple of messages, e-mails and e-cards including the one from the Russian branch of our company. I’m still sure I will be able to absorb lots of positive energy from the Polish women carrying flowers and smiling, definately smiling.
Happy Spring Day!
It was another year when I wasn’t planning to celebrate my birthday. In fact, I actually forgot about it at all as when being busy (Barcamp was coming!) I never pay attention to insiginificant events. And I consider my birthday one of them – it’s been ages since the time when I was looking forward to my birthday planning the party, inviting friends and expecting lots of presents.
I got the first reminder about the birthday last Friday when one of my friends suddenly came up with a present saying that he would not see me later so – here we go – a cute book from Mo’Urban Dictionary which is definately worth my attention. I love those language tricks Continue reading