Here’s another post that I forgot to share from Imke about our encounter(on shore!!) with a wild dolphin!
Here’s another post that I forgot to share from Imke about our encounter(on shore!!) with a wild dolphin!
As some of you might know, I have worked in two outdoor stores so far and the one thing that has struck me is the amount of plastic that come with each shipment of new stock. Tons and tons of plastic are thrown away and I can’t help but wonder; Why, of ALL the companies, are the Outdoor companies and manufacturers not doing something about this?! So far Patagonia and Vaude are the only ones really standing up for the environment and ethic ways of producing. Sometimes I wish I had more experience with these issues. That I was super smart and could invent a new type of packaging that isn’t plastic and harmful to nature. Or a way that packaging would become completely needless. Why is it that all the stores in the Netherlands are charging customers for plastic bags now, while every day millions of plastic packagings are covering the same goods that we buy and then pay extra for a plastic bag?! It seems so weird and unreasonable. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good law. Yet I wish the behind-the-scenes part of production would do something to produce less plastic waste too.
I wish the government would step up more. Like how in France throwing away food has become illegal. “FINALLY!”was my first thought when I read that! When I worked in the Efteling(a Dutch Themepark) at the end of each day we would have to throw away the food that we didn’t sell and couldn’t sell the next day. Tons of good food just to waste. I can’t wait for this law to pass in the Netherlands too. People are too careless with their food, we should be far more aware on what we have in our fridge and making sure that we eat what we bought before it expires. And there are so many people that would pay to get their hands on the food companies throw away!
It just makes me a bit sad. That there’s so much that would be so easy to change, yet hardly anyone is bothered to do it unless laws are passed(and those are taking way too long! There’s a need for things to change fast, yet governments are reacting slow.
This one is for all the Dutchies amongst us who are thinking/or about to leave to work temporary abroad. It is mainly focused on the Dutch system and what things to remember to arrange, thus the reason this post will be in Dutch.
“Er zijn er vast meer die dit hebben gedaan” dacht ik toen ik me voorbereide om met Imke mee te gaan naar het buitenland, en daar betaald werk te doen terwijl zij haar stage deed. Maar naast het feit dat ik weet dat er meer mensen zijn geweest was er toch belachelijk weinig informatie te vinden over tijdelijk werk in het buitenland. De wetgeving en regels in Nederland met betrekking tot werken in het buitenland zijn vooral gericht op de mensen die een vaste baan hebben of vanuit hun Nederlandse werkgever worden uitgezonden naar een ander land. Deze werken vaak niet in je voordeel als je maar voor een aantal maanden ergens anders gaat werken.
Maar informatie over al die mensen die gewoon omdat het kan, even tijdelijk geld gaan verdienen terwijl ze rondreizen, is er vrijwel niet. Met veel omwegen en stukjes en beetjes informatie van anderen heb ik mijn weg door dit doolhof moeten zoeken. En om het voor de mensen na mij wat makkelijker te maken, wilde ik dit ook graag met jullie delen.
De volgende dingen zijn belangrijk om te weten.
Letop!: Deze dingen gelden niet als je als student ingeschreven staat bij een Nederlandse opleiding en voor een aantal maanden naar het buitenland gaat, het leven voor studenten in het buitenland is een stuk makkelijker!!
Dus je krijgt wit betaald en je blijft niet langer dan 8 maanden weg? Dit heeft een aantal gevolgen. Wettelijk gezien heeft iedereen die in Nederland staat ingeschreven maar in het buitenland werkt geen recht meer op de nederlandse basis zorgverzekering, je bent dan verplicht om je te verzekeren in het land waar je werkt. Dit is een logische wet voor de mensen die fulltime en voor meerdere jaren in het buiteland werken. Maar voor tijdelijk werk is dit alleen maar onhandig. Of je nog wel recht hebt om in Nederland verzekerd te blijven wordt per geval bepaald. De volgende stappen kun je dan het beste volgen:
Als alles dan geregeld is, is het tijd om te genieten van alle nieuwe ervaringen en avonturen die je gaat beleven! Ik hoop dat ik een beetje heb kunnen helpen met het wat overzichtelijker te maken!
Mocht je zelf ervaring hebben met tijdelijk betaald werk in het buiteland, en vindt je dat er iets mist in mijn stuk of iets veranderd zou moeten worden laat het me dan weten! Suggesties en tips zijn meer dan welkom!
Disclaimer: Dit is de informatie hoe ik die ik heb gevonden op onderanderen: belastingsdienst en zorginstituut Nederland, houd er rekening mee dat er ook dingen kunnen veranderen. Neem altijd zelf de tijd om meerdere bronnen te checken van de overheid en je eigen verzekering om zeker te zijn van de regeleningen met betrekking tot tijdelijk wonen of werken in het buitenland.
It’s been long, way too long… But I’m back and here to stay!
I’ve recently moved to Dublin for 6 months together with my girlfriend and thought this would be a good time to start up my blog again, so you can expect more updates soon! 🙂
Reading has been one of the hobbies that never left my side. As soon as I had learned to read, I’d be found in our elementary school library. At age 9 I had already finished every book of interest in the library and moved to the children’s section in the public library of our city, tagging along with my dad who visited it almost on a weekly basis(I guess it’s not hard to tell where this passion came from). At age 14 I was reading an average of 6 books every 3 weeks(max loan period, and max number of books to loan at a time) a period that lasted for nearly 2 years, and at age 17 I permanently switched to reading English books only. That being said, I also had my quiet period, for a couple of years I only read a few books, college or University were too time consuming. In this period I started reading fan-fiction, short stories based upon and exploring the worlds of existing movies or franchises. They were my literature fix, and quite an easy one at that because more often than not, they were easy enough to read within a short time span, something that I needed for the limited time I had available. I know for some fan-fiction comes with a certain, obsessed fangirl image. I know those are out there too, but what I liked most (and still sometimes do) about fan-fiction is that it continues where the book, movie or television series left of. It gives you an opportunity to return to that world and enjoy the world and characters the original author had build up in the first place(and mind you, some fan-fiction authors are better than some professional writers out there). But this post isn’t about fan-fiction. It’s about short stories.
I never really got in contact with short stories, my usual strategy in the library was to find the most interesting book, and preferable the one with the most pages too(I’m talking +1000 pages here). And I never really picked up a short-stories book until I was in Singapore a couple of years ago. After that I quickly realised that, short stories have this amazing ability to transport you quickly into the fictional world, but keep you there only for a limited time. Against normal stories which could keep you there for atleast a couple of hours. Ontop of that I have this problem with books. I can’t put them away if I’m reading in bed, I’ll just keep reading until the last page(Like I used to do when I was 14) even if it means I’ll only get 2 hours of sleep. (And no, I would never, under normal circumstances, fall asleep while reading a book!)
Short stories however, are the perfect thing to read before going to bed! You get the nice satisfied post-reading state which makes falling asleep quite easily but you don’t have to go through more than a couple of pages to get to the end of the story. The book I found in Singapore, holds a few of my favourite short-stories and is still my most favourite short-story collection.
So if you have never tried short stories, or, if you love them and would like more, here are some recommendations! =)
Stories to get you through the night
This is the one I found in Singapore and it’s the only book that has a permanent residence on my night stand. The book sorts the short stories in several categories:
– Stories to make you glad to be alive
– Stories to send a shiver down your spine
– Stories to help you rejoice the beauty of nature
– Stories to read when it’s all going wrong
– Stories to intrigue and excite
– Stories to remind you love conquers all
– And stories to celebrate the joys of growing old
Which makes picking out a story for a mood that fits the one you’re looking for is so much easier! I’ve heard quite a few people complain that there’s nothing unifying the stories but I think a short story book like this, doesn’t need to. The book is not made to be read in one go but one story at a time(which I think, is what short story collections always should be about). One of my favourite stories is in the stories to read when it’s all going wrong section. A story called Charm for a friend with a lump by Helen Simpson. The story is not your usual way of reading, and it doesn’t really transport you into another world but yet it does take you away. It’s a story that leaves you hopeful and calm at the end, knowing that everything will be okay. It’s also the story I’ve read so often whenever I couldn’t sleep, that I know it by heart.
Of course there are millions of short stories out there, all with different genre’s. But I usually like my short stories within the fantasy-like realm and give me either a nice and calm mood or a more contemplative mood. Charm for a friend with a lump is not exactly fantasy… but in a way it’s very fantasy-like, it reads like the author is talking directly to you and tells you to imagine certain things.
It doesn’t matter where I go or live, this book will definitely always be next to my bed.
Just so stories
Just so stories are stories I found when browsing the internet before even finding Stories to get you through the night on this website (last updated in 2001, and still looks like that too!), and I frankly don’t remember how I ever ended up there in the first place. You can read quite a few of the short stories there, including my all time favourite “The cat that walked by himself“. The book was first published in 1902 and written by Rudyard Kipling(also the author of The Junge Book). Even as an adult(or maybe, especially as an adult!) it’s a lovely read. (I generally find that a lot of good children’s books and stories are usually only more interesting and enjoyable when read at an older age). Most of the stories deal with how the world(or animals) came to be. Last year, during a short trip to the South of England I stumbled across an old second hand market hall in Tavistock. I browsed around for a while until my eye fell on an exact copy of the book you see in the picture, the first edition of Just so stories! Obviously, as a booklover I was absolutely delighted! Aside from the stories the book also holds some beautiful illustrations.
So yeah, so far for the first book recommendation on here! Expect more to come in the future =) In the meantime, tell me, do you have any short stories(or books) that you absolutely adore? Or have you read either of these books? What did you think?