It’s been a while! and I do feel guilty. My excuses?? I’m tired, which is a common phenomenon after an international move; finding new routines and getting used to the new environment is exciting but also exhausting. But that’s not the main reason for not writing my weekly blog. The moto of the International Feelgood … More Culture shock; disintegration stage
Live is very controversial, I think everything-, every situation-, everybody- got a good and a bad site. Even when it’s hard to see sometimes. Last week was hard, very hard and many tears have flown when I had to say my farewells and goodbyes to all the lovely people I’ve met and got to know … More Farewells and goodbyes
Transition I can’t deny it anymore. Within 10 days we move out of Qatar to the Netherlands. We’re in transition mode; The household is being divided in; what’s going to ‘suit case’, ‘freight container’ and ‘what to be sold’; The heart is out of the house, it’s not a home anymore; Everybody is agitated and … More Culture Shock. part 1
Yesterday we were on the souq. (The souq is a traditional version of a shopping mall or a market hall.) In ‘our’ souq we’ve got a ‘pet’ section. “And oh my heart broke”. The way these poor birds and animals are being treated; In the heat, in to small cages, animals which aren’t pets or … More Souq
Last week the Dutch (people from the Netherlands) elected their parlement. Being Dutch, I hardly dared to look at the outcome the next day. I was so afraid for the shock in case one of the right winged parties would have won; Like the shock of Brexit, like the shock of Trump. The shock that … More Dutch elections
Last week I wrote about fear. But writing about fear made me realise that fear also has got everything to do with trust. Fear is a lack of trust; a trust that ‘it will be alright’. In many ways I’m very privileged; I come from a society where I can trust the health system, police … More Trust
Fear Have you ever been afraid? really feared for your existance; your life, your way off living? Well, I have. And it makes you shrink, your body, your brain, everything stops and you want to crawl back into a save place, and shut the door and window for everything. All creative thinking of how to … More What’s society so afraid of?
Most people have got positive feelings by gifts and presents. In my case it makes me nervous. The word gift, tells me that it’s about a thing you give without expecting something in return. How the word ‘present’ actually is related to the gift is not really stated. My guess is that it has to … More The art of gifts and presents
I’m very sorry I didn’t write my blog last week. We were moving house. I’ve done it many times before, locally and internationally. The move it self does not nerve me very much. It’s physsically hard work as I want it to be over as fast as possible. I want to live and not being … More Moving, routines and habits
American elections I never thought I’m going to write something about politics, elections, let alone the american elections. But from a multi cultural point of view I’m almost obliged to write something about the outcome of the American elections. Truth is, I was shocked. But why was I so shocked? First of all, I believe … More American elections Don’t click away; this is maybe the most intercultural Feel Good blog I wrote.