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19 experiences every WWOOFer has

When you uncover the first gigantic insect in your bed... The post 19 experiences every WWOOFer has appeared first on Matador Network.

The Arrival of King’s Day

So, the inaugural King’s Day (Koningsdag) celebrations are beginning, as stages and oceans of beer are being put in place across the country. It’s the first time there’s been a King’s Day; it has always been Queen’s Day since the … Continue reading ?

Souvenirs from Saudi Arabia

Every time I travel back to the states from Saudi Arabia, I try to take souvenirs with me to give to family and friends. I have taken dozens of "niqabs" (face veils) for my girlfriends, the red and white checked scarves that Saudi men...Show More Summary

What Londoners say vs. what they mean

"It's a proper pub." The post What Londoners say vs. what they mean appeared first on Matador Network.

Global greetings cheatsheet

This will help travelers who are planning to see several countries during a round-the-world journey. The post The ultimate global greetings cheatsheet [infographic] appeared first on Matador Network.

Utrecht Property Envy

Someday when I win the lottery (which I suppose I should start playing) or when our upcoming wine bar becomes ragingly successful (fingers crossed), I’d love to own one of the homes along the Nieuwegracht. What a view! But for … Continue reading ?

Smart phones & travel infographic

Ten years ago, I could not book an entire vacation by surfing the net on my mobile phone. The post The way we travel is totally different, thanks to mobile technology [infographic] appeared first on Matador Network.

The Breathtaking Beauty of Utrecht

Today is Tweede Paasdag (Second Easter Day), a holiday for lots of people in the Netherlands. As a result, it meant that the city was fairly quiet this morning, without many people out and about. Well, except for quite a … Continue reading ?

17 cultural clashes I had in America

Believing other countries are inferior is a terrible quality. The post 17 cultural clashes this European had in America appeared first on Matador Network.

Quick video guide to British accents

Despite its tiny size, the UK has a crazy amount of dialects and accents. The post A quick video guide to the accents of the British Isles appeared first on Matador Network.

Signs of Spring in the Griftpark

A picture of two little lambs curled up together seemed appropriate for today. They’re some of the animals that live at the Griftpark, which we visited the other day. We went because I’d heard there was an International Market taking … Continue reading ?

9 worst types of Argentine men

No woman is capable of resisting the charms of the “langa.” The post 9 worst types of Argentine men appeared first on Matador Network.

Crowdsourcing a Cathedral

The theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge (for which I’m just scraping in under the wire) is Monuments. I had thought of doing something a little less obvious, but when I saw some news stories this week, I figured … Continue reading ?

Killing German stereotypes in Berlin

Why are they so angry? The post Are Germans rude? Killing the stereotypes after living in Berlin appeared first on Matador Network.

When you become culturally Mexican

Here's how you know the cultural shift has happened. The post 9 ways you know you’ve become culturally Mexican appeared first on Matador Network.

Things you should never tell a Brit

“I can do the best British accent.” The post 10 things you should never say to a British person appeared first on Matador Network.

English: The only language you need

I’ve never not known how to speak the local language. The post The only language you need to know is English, really appeared first on Matador Network.

Canal Race Obstacles and Excitement

The canal that rings the old city center in Utrecht is relatively wide, as is most of the Oudegracht. These are the canals you see the most of if you take one of the boat tours around the city. Those … Continue reading ?

Get My Wife a Shisha!

Gender segregation and the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia are issues that I have complained about many times in the past. Just when one might think things are improving for women here, this male domination and control mentality rears its ugly head again. Show More Summary

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