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
Culture shock part 2, disintegration stage Today I was late, got lost, stuck in traffic, food burned and the children got grumpy too, instead of a bit understanding and compassionate. I learned that there is a bridge which opens every hour and rush hour starts at 5 pm, my oven is a hot air oven … More Home sick and getting used
Oops, Within the first week with my new car I received 2 traffic tickets for driving too fast. Yep, it’s a small and fast car, -the first time not a family car-. It accelerates easy and is very silent so I don’t hear on the motor how fast I drive, which I could tell with … More Rules
Some of you might know that I’m an visual artist besides my work for the International Feelgood Academy. I like too share a problem with you. I have made an art work called ‘defending traditions Qatar’, in contradiction I want to make an artwork ‘obstructive traditions Qatar’, as I was/am convinced that traditions are obstructing … More are traditions obstructive?
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
Let me picture a situation; Me, a white Dutch woman and my dog in a islamic desert country. In Holland most people don’t have big gardens or yards where we can keep our dogs. So most dogs are inside the house and part of the family. For the usuall toilet needs, we take the dog … More Cultivating dog shit
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
3 Months ago we had to move house, to a different part of the city. Even it was a move in the a city I already knew, it’s only now that I can say that I’m getting used to my new surroundings. After 3 months I can drive home without thinking about how and when … More Necessarity of routines
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?
Yoho, Januari is the time to plan for the coming year, to plan for things that give energy, like holidays/vacations. The travelcompanies know this very well and the advertisements for holidays and travels are everywhere. It’s the time for travel guides; Dreaming of palmbeaches, blue skies, high mountains, campings, hotels, themeparks, green forrests, lovely remote … More Pre holiday fun