a tale of two cities

Once upon a time there was a young girl who grew up in a tiny village in a desolate corner of the country. Or that’s how she knew it to be. All she ever dreamt of was leaving this world behind to explore the possibilities other worlds had to offer. So when she turned 19, and graduated from school, she packed her bags and turned her back on the life she had. Or so she thought. Six short years later, a cruel twist of fate forced her to go back to her past, and make peace with it. At first she was rather reluctant, and fought it as hard as she could. But soon she came to see the beauty this city she thought she knew had to offer. So when the circumstances forced her to spend half of her time in this…


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minimal waste challenge

And then it was 2018! I don’t know about you, but I’m quite excited for this new year. I have this feeling that some long anticipated things will finally come to fruition. And I have some ideas of what I would like to do over the next twelve months. What I don’t have, are new year’s resolutions. Ten years ago I decided I would no longer make them for they tend to have failed by the third week of January. But I do like a good challenge every so often. So I set one for 2018. The first time I set a challenge for myself was four years ago, when I stopped working for the company I had worked on and off for since 2006. When my seventeenth birthday was rapidly approaching, I realised I never had a job apart from…


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i’m on an elimination diet

While I start writing this it is 2.57 AM and I’m wide awake sitting in my single bed in my tiny bedroom in Groningen. And to make it even more fun: I have to be in class in seven hours. Needless to say, I’m not going to make it to university today. The reason for this midnight activity is that my brain finally is tying up all the loose ends of my thoughts gathered over the past three weeks on the subject of this story. And when my brain is in this mode it won’t turn off until the story is out. Over the past years I have written many blogposts, papers, essays, and sermons on this untimely hour. So there is really only one thing I can do: put pen to paper. Three weeks ago I had my first appointment with an…


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