The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
When you live in a foreign country you miss different things. Specific food, places, landscapes, people, events.
It might be the taste of Guinness or your favorite cheese.
In The Netherlands the absence of hills can tug the heart strings. Those wide expanses of flat land can leave you thinking of ‘1000 acres of sky.’
If it’s a tradition or song like Auld lang syne. when you see or here it in another place it can be quite emotional.
After seventeen years in The Netherlands, I like to think most of the things I miss have been replaced by other traditions and habits.
People are still a big factor which is made easier by Facebook and Skype etc.
The one thing that I will always seek out is English language theatre. I like the fact that theatre is also lower impact environmentally, unlike gifts or objects they don’t have packaging or litter.
So what better way to spend a Tursday night than watching Streetcar named Desire? It’s on in Lindon right now with Gillian Anderson.
But surely that involves a flight, a hotel, other expenses and the tickets are hard to come by!
Ah but not this way.
For the last couple of years we’ve been very fortunate. Regular west end productions on our doorstep. And for that matter the doorsteps of thousands of other people.
NT Live has started broadcasting these shows to cinemas around the world.
We get a live performance. It’s amazing.
Maybe there’s one in a town near you. Must dash starts in an hour!
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...