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Happy New Year! Last night was pretty crazy in Amsterdam, as it often is. I shot a short video of the fireworks at midnight from a balcony looking out over Vondelpark (a friend has an amazing apartment there!). Amsterdam sounds like a war zone from about 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., and I think this video gives you a little taste of it. Sorry it’s not a great one – I just used my digital camera to film it! Have a very happy 2009!

© Kathy Keating and “Life in Amsterdam”, 2009.



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I hope everyone has very happy holidays!





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During my first year of college at Notre Dame, I became good friends with some of the other freshman girls who lived in my dorm. Despite some differences, the 10 of us remained friends throughout our years at school and long after. We still keep in touch regularly; and, every year, we do a Secret Santa gift exchange for Christmas.

This year, as in previous ones, I tried to find a gift for my randomly-chosen friend that’s interesting, unique and Dutch. (Since all of the others live in the U.S., I hope that coming from the Netherlands makes the gift pretty unique already.) I headed out to shop today, and I ended up browsing the stalls at the floating flower market on the Singel (the Bloemenmarkt).

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, but sadly, Thanksgiving in Amsterdam is a non-event. People go to work (including my husband Jim), and kids go to school – just like any other day. This makes sense, of course, since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but (as an American) it always makes me feel a bit sad.

The local Marriott Hotel used to make a great catered meal package every year with everything from a huge turkey to fresh pumpkin pie, but since so many expats have been sent home (or just elsewhere) because of the recession, they decided not to offer it this year.

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