>Lucky in the Low Lands


I am so lucky to live in the Netherlands and to live in Amsterdam. This is just the best place with the most beautiful people. This summer I went to a beautiful theater fair called Parade where I saw the multitalented Ellen ten Damme, who is Dutch hope & beauty in Music.

She is a great impersonator (Dietrich, La (Nina) Hagen ) but I thought she is an ever better songwriter singing her own songs. She has a great band and is a very acrobatic performer. She was walking on her hands during one of the songs, and hanging from the lamp in another, she does push ups on 1 hand in yet another sing! She plays the violin, accoustic guitar, grand piano, electric guitar, and she sings that

She is the singer of the band.

>Dutch in Drenthe


Drente is green, dark green. It used to be the poorest province of the Netherlands; at the beginning of the last century people still lived in ‘plaggenhutten’ huts made of sods of earth.
The farm we stayed in had a reed roof

and of course I wore wooden shoes

when I walked to the pond to pick blackberries

In the trees I saw berries that I didn’t dare eat

To ride my bike again the next day

In the Dutch mountains

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