A Third Culture Kid's Perspective
I wanted to test my mental capabilities and wake myself up from my foggy morning routine – so I put my shower temperature on 100% cold for 30 days.
And I have emerged victorious!
Summer will be winding down soon but it is still peak vacation season in the Northern Hemisphere.
Assuming we have done all of the proper preparation work (packed the right gear, handed over our work responsibilities, etc.), we can make the most of our vacations if we:
Without fail, we sprint out of the office every Friday afternoon and tell ourselves it’s going to be the most epic weekend ever.
“I’m going to run a half-marathon, visit the new brewery in town, cook dinner for my friends, AND update my blog. I’m soooo awesome!”
As I stood in front of the streaming shower in my bathroom, ready to step in, there was only one thought swirling through my brain.
“What the hell have I gotten myself into?”
It was Day 1 of my 30-Day Cold Shower Challenge and I could feel the icy mist wafting onto my skin.
When we think of workaholics it’s usually the Japanese that first come to mind. We conjure up images of short men and women in black suits scurrying from one mundane office building to another, 12+ hour workdays, and late night beer and karaoke to drown it all away.
Last August I moved into a new apartment and simply out of laziness I did not hook up my TV. I always intended to, but just never got around to it. The days turned into weeks and then eventually several months later I had a sudden realization that I did not miss TV. Like not even one bit.
Last week I posted a survey to my Facebook wall titled “Overworked Generation”. I targeted it to early and mid-career professionals (mostly millennials) and asked them 5 yes/no questions about their work life balance.
I was amazed by the sheer number of responses that I received. However, the results were troubling…
My alarm goes off and I slam the snooze button. I didn’t get to bed until 3 AM last night in order to finish up a Naval Architecture 1 (NA1) project which is due today.
From an outside perspective these two cities would seem very similar. Both are located in the Netherlands, have roughly 100,000 – 150,000 inhabitants, and are home to a large engineering and science university (of which there are only three in the Netherlands).
April 15, 2015, two days before my birthday, was supposed to be another mundane weekday. But by 07:15 that Wednesday morning it was a life or death situation.
In just a few days a motorcycle gang of 25 riders will take control of the highways and roads of eastern South Africa. These leather-clad bikers are some of the toughest people on the planet and are not to be messed with.
Take a look at the picture to the right of this text and try and guess what these colored boxes are.
Is it a microwave?
Is it a laundromat?
Are they pods from the Matrix?
Four days after the shoot down of flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine, I found myself standing at Gate G3 in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport waiting to board Aeroflot flight SU296 for the relatively short three-hour flight to Moscow. I was flying with Aeroflot, a Russian airline with a troubled history.
But Aeroflot far exceeded my expectations!
Is anybody ready for Fall? This past summer has been one of the hottest summers in Holland for a while. It's especially tough when your house doesn't have AC. Take a look at this blog post if you can relate.